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Local business manager sentenced for sex crime

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

A former Lincolnton business manager commenced a jail sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this month to sexually abusing a step-grandchild in Burke County nearly seven years ago.

Samuel Logan Higdon, 67, of 8834 Gus Peeler Road in Connelly Springs, will serve a 60-day split sentence in the Burke-Catawba Confinement Facility for sexual offense by a parental role, the Burke County Clerk of Court’s Office said.

The sentencing took place on Jan. 16.

Clerk officials said the incident, which involved a victim under age 18, occurred in September 2007.

Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin opted to suspend the 29 to 44-month sentence attached to Higdon’s Class E felony offense, clerk officials noted, instead ordering the defendant, as part of a plea deal, to spend less days behind bars but register as a sex offender for the rest of his “natural life.”

The defendant, who reported to the jail facility at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, will also undergo substance abuse treatment and be subject to lifelong satellite-based monitoring along with five years of supervised probation and three days of community service.

Higdon has a past record of sex-related crimes, public records revealed.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, he received two felony convictions for indecent liberties with a child in Alexander County in 1987.

Higdon was also employed as the drywall general manager for Turner-Baxter, Inc., in Lincolnton, according to the company’s site, turner-baxter.com.

The company serves as a contractor for flooring coating and commercial and industrial painting throughout the Southeast, the site said.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Bella prosecuted this month’s case.

 

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