Kannapolis man charged with sex offenses after victim’s mother catches him in the act

Published 12:28 pm Monday, March 11, 2019

KANNAPOLIS — A Kannapolis man was charged with sex offenses against a 7-year-old girl after the victim’s mother caught him in the act, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said he threatened to kill himself and held investigators at bay for 20 minutes before his arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office charged Homer David Compton Jr., 47, of the 8400 block of Danfield Drive, with six counts of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Deputies were sent to Danfield Drive on Saturday to investigate a report of a sexual assault that had just occurred. Deputies were told that the 911 caller and the victim had left the Danfield Drive home and gone to a Pinewood Drive residence.

The mother told a deputy that she walked in as Compton was sexually molesting her 7-year-old daughter. He was known to both the mother and victim, deputies said.

Compton became upset and grabbed a rifle and began threatening suicide. The mother and child left the house, officials said.

More deputies went to the Danfield Drive address to further investigate and arrest Compton.

Officials said Compton refused to come out of the home, so the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Unit was called in. After about 20 minutes of negotiations between Compton and a detective, Compton surrendered unarmed.

Investigators talked with Compton and collected evidence at the home. Authorities said it appears Compton had been molesting the girl for several months.

Compton remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1.25 million bond.