Warrants: Sex abuse started when victim was 5

By: By William R. Toler - wtoler@civitasmedia.com

By William R. Toler


ROCKINGHAM — A man charged with a multitude of sex crimes is accused of abusing one of his alleged victims for six years.

Robert Lewis Bishop, 32, performed a sex act on a child from January of 1999 through June of 2005, according to arrest warrants obtained from the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court’s office.

The warrants also state that the victim — listed as being 5 years old at the time of the first incident — was made to perform the same act on Bishop.

There are warrants for every month in the 6½-year time frame, with two warrants for most of those months.

Bishop was 16 years old when the alleged crimes began.

He is also accused of doing the same to another alleged victim at least once each year from 1999-2002.

The second victim’s exact age is not given, but the child is listed as younger than 16, with Bishop being at least five years older.

Bishop is also accused of taking indecent liberties with a third victim at least three times between January and May of this year.

Again, the victim’s exact age is not given, but charging documents show the child to be under 16 years old.

Bishop, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in on July 10 following “a lengthy investigation” by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He was arrested and charged with 156 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and committing a crime against nature, as well as 159 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $750,000 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for all 471 charges.

First-degree sexual offense is a Class B1 felony, with each charge carrying a 23-year sentence. Taking indecent liberties with a child is a Class F felony and crime against nature is a Class I felony.

Bishop has no prior convictions in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.


By William R. Toler