Moyock man held on $1M bond for child sex charges


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Monday, April 15, 2019

CURRITUCK — A Currituck County man is being held in lieu of a $1.2 million secured bond after being charged with 10 felony sex offenses involving a child. 

Mark Lee Turner, 51, of the 300 block of Baxter Lane, Moyock, was arrested April 1 and charged with five felony counts of sex offense with a child, states an arrest report from the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office. Turner also is charged with five felony counts of sexual activity by a substitute parent or custodian, the report states. 

Warrants were issued March 29 and Turner was arrested April 1 and confined to the Currituck County Detention Center. His total secured bond was set at $1.2 million.

According to an online search Monday Turner was still in custody. His next scheduled appearance in district court is May 8. 

According to arrest warrants, each of the offenses Turner is accused of occurred between Feb. 13, 2017 and May 15, 2018. At the time the offenses occurred the victim was 12 years old, the warrants state. 

The arrest report states that at the time of his arrest Turner was a civil service worker at a place identified only as Oceana. It does not clarify whether his place of employment was Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

According to documents, Turner has waived his right to be assigned a court appointed attorney. 

Turner already was facing additional charges that appear to have involved the same child. 

In December a grand jury indicted Turner on three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to court documents. 

The indictments state that each of the offenses occurred between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018, and from May 12, 2018 to May 15, 2018. Orders for Turner’s arrest were issued Dec. 17, 2018, and Turner was later arrested and charged with those offenses on March 4. He was confined at the Currituck detention facility but released that same day after posting a total secured bond of $150,000.

Turner’s next scheduled appearance in Currituck Superior Court to face those charges is June 3.

Michael Sanders, a defense attorney in Elizabeth City, said Monday that he is representing Turner on the grand jury charges.