North Carolina Man Indicted on a Federal Charge
Danville, VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville has indicted a North Carolina man on a federal charge of violating a protective order. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Division made the announcement today.
Carl Ray Kennedy, 51, of Randleman, N.C., was charged today in a federal indictment with one count of traveling in interstate commerce from North Carolina to Virginia with the intent to engage in conduct that would violate a Family Abuse protective order issued in May 2018 by the Pittsylvania County, Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
“As today’s indictment indicates, the Department of Justice will use all available tools to prosecute individuals who travel in interstate commerce in violation of state protective orders,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “We are grateful for the hard work and diligence of the FBI, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and the Danville Police Department in resolving this dangerous situation and bringing the defendant to justice.”
According to the indictment, on June 3, 2018, Kennedy traveled from North Carolina to Virginia with the intent to engage in conduct that would violate a protective order in place since May 2018. The protective order prohibited all contact and communication (except for limited email contact) between the defendant and victim. Kennedy subsequently engaged in personal and physical contact and communication with the victim and, during the offense, used a dangerous weapon.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Virginia State Police, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the Danville Police Department, the Randolph County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Nancy S. Healey will prosecute the case for the United States.
A Grand Jury Indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.