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UPDATE: Child sex abuse suspect allegedly says he 'enjoyed' the incidents, 'can't believe' he was turned in

December 4th, 2012 11:28 am by Rain Smith

UPDATE: Child sex abuse suspect allegedly says he 'enjoyed' the incidents, 'can't believe' he was turned in

Larry L. Sumner, 55, of 904 Chadwell Road, Kingsport

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.


A Kingsport man indicted on more than 60 counts related to sexual abuse of a juvenile male — and suspected of abusing at least nine additional 8 to 17-year-olds over the past 20 years — has reportedly told police he sees nothing wrong with the crimes he's been charged with, adding that he "enjoyed" the incidents.


"The worst thing about this case is he feels no remorse about this, other than he was caught," said Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Det. Tracy Haraz.


Larry L. Sumner, 55, of 904 Chadwell Road, was indicted Tuesday morning by a Sullivan County grand jury. He faces 31 counts of rape, 31 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 31 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says the charges involve one victim, but investigators believe there are at least nine others. Sumner was originally arrested last week and booked into the Sullivan County jail, following a referral from Child Protective Services the week of Thanksgiving.


Earhart says detectives immediately began investigating the case and a search warrant was executed at Sumner's home.  Haraz said police located items the victim said would be present, including videos, photos, magazines, sex toys and clothes Sumner allegedly made the victim wear.


The charges of statutory rape by an authority figure stem from Sumner employing the juvenile. Police say Sumner employed youths to assist in remodeling work he was contracted to do, along with other odd jobs. He reportedly plied at least one victim with alcohol and/or drugs, prompting the 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Haraz says items found in Sumner's home suggest the alleged abuse of both male and female juveniles has been occurring since the 90s, and at five separate Kingsport residences he has inhabited.


Sumner was originally uncooperative with police, according to Haraz, and went to Gatlinburg in late November after first being contacted. He then arrived at the Sheriff's Office last Tuesday and was booked on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. He remains jailed without bond following this week's grand jury indictments on the additional charges.


Police are currently interviewing other potential victims with more charges expected. Anyone with information is urged to contact the SCSO Criminal Investigations Division at ( 423 ) 279-7506.


Police say Sumner has provided police with a 30 page statement, in which he, "admitted to everything."


"His statement to me was that he didn't see anything wrong with (the allegations), he can't believe someone actually told, and that he enjoyed it," Haraz said.


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A Kingsport man has been indicted on more than 60 counts related to sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography, with police suspecting there are as many as 10 victims dating back approximately 20 years.


Larry L. Sumner, 55, of 904 Chadwell Road, was indicted Tuesday morning by a Sullivan County grand jury. He faces 31 counts of rape, 31 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 31 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says the charges involve one victim, but investigators believe there are at least nine others. Sumner was originally arrested last week and booked into the Sullivan County jail, following a referral from Child Protective Services on a possible case of child sex abuse.


Earhart says detectives immediately began investigating the case. A search warrant was executed at Sumner's home, with Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney William Harper saying child pornography was located.


The charges of statutory rape by an authority figure stem from Sumner employing the victim. Harper declined further comment on their relationship or where the victim was employed, citing the continuing investigation and desire to interview other potential victims.


Earhart says the materials located in the search suggest there are multiple victims dating back to the early 90s. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office expects additional charges to be placed.


Anyone with information concerning a potential victims is asked to contact the SCSO Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 279-7506. Sumner is held without bond.

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