Charges reduced in teen prostitution ring

(Wentworth, N.C.) – The backlash from the resignation of two North Carolina prosecutors continues, with charges reduced against two Eden men who were arrested in a teen prostitution ring.

The new deals reduce charges and sentences for Donnie Ray Carter, 58, and Everett Ferris Jr., 70.

Court officials said the deals were based on charges that more closely reflect the actual crimes committed rather than charges initially levied by former District Attorney Craig Blitzer, according to RockinghamNow.

Blitzer resigned in March 2017 while the State Bureau of Investigation investigated a claim that he and former Person/Caswell County District Attorney Wallace Bradsher allegedly schemed to hire each other’s wives and pay Cindy Blitzer an unearned $48,000 in salary. Blitzer later entered guilty pleas.

Carter and Ferris were among five men accused of paying a mother $5 to $20 to engage in sexual acts with her children.