Laurinburg man wanted for child rape in hiding with girlfriend, deputies say

Desmond Earl Knight has been receiving help to stay in hiding by his current girlfriend, Dermia Braddy, of Laurinburg, deputies say.

LAURINBURG, NC (WBTW) – Investigators with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Investigative Team are searching for a Laurinburg man wanted for raping a child and numerous other charges involving children.

The sheriff’s office reports on Friday investigators with the cold case team obtained warrants for Desmond Earl Knight, 43, of Laurinburg, for felony charges of first degree forcible rape of a child by an adult, and 17 counts of indecent liberties with a child. Knight also has two outstanding warrants from Hoke County from 2013 in reference to failure to appear on charges involving traffic infractions.

The sexual abuse of a child reports were made in August 2015 from crime reportedly committed in Laurinburg over the course of several months.

Knight is currently considered a fugitive from justice who was last seen in the area of Hwy 211 in Raeford, NC of Hoke County near the Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park.

The accused child rapist has been receiving help to stay in hiding by his current girlfriend, Dermia Braddy, of Laurinburg, deputies say. Knight may be seen with Braddy in a 2002 silver Pontiac Grand Prix SE, with a NC license plate of DAN- 2901.

Deputies say Knight is considered armed and dangerous and is an assault risk. Deputies believe Knight has been on the run since 2013 from the warrants out of Hoke County.

If located, please do not approach or attempt to confront Knight or Braddy, warn deputies. Call 911 immediately or send your tips and leads to Investigator Jessica Sadovnikov at 910-266-4185 or 910-551-8736.

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