Police Review Board Chairman Arrested On 25 Child Sex Abuse-Related Charges

Henry Thomas Black allegedly abused two girls over a 22-year span, police said.

North Myrtle Beach, SC – The chairman of the Charlotte, North Carolina police citizen review board has been arrested amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted two girls over a period of 22 years.

Henry Thomas Black, 49, was apprehended in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after a fugitive warrant was issued for his arrest, WPDE reported.

The investigation into the Charlotte Citizens Review Board chairman began on Sept. 3, when one of the victims reported that Black had repeatedly sexually assaulted her as a child, WSOC reported.

Police identified a second victim during the course of their investigation, and she also confirmed that Black had sexually assaulted her when she was a child.

Black allegedly abused the girls, who are now adults, from 1996 until 2018, according to WSOC.

They both told adults in their lives about the attacks when they were children, but those adults never went to the police regarding the girls’ accusations against Black, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Gerald Smith said.

Some of those adults had a legal duty to report the alleged victimization, he said.

Detectives are now looking into the adults who they say failed to protect the victims, WSOC reported.

Investigators have also been tracking down several additional potential victims who have been identified during the course of the investigation, he added.

“I consider it to be superhuman what they’ve done,” Chief Smith said of women.

Once he has been returned to North Carolina, Black will be charged with 14 counts of indecent liberties with children, four counts of incest, three counts of statutory sex offense, two counts of statutory rape, and two counts of child abuse – sexual act, the chief said.

According to a City of Charlotte spokesperson, nominees for the voluntary Citizens Review Board are required to complete criminal background checks, which Black reportedly passed, WSOC reported.

City ordinance mandates that anyone charged with a felony while serving on the board must be suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Black was suspended immediately after his arrest in South Carolina, WSOC reported.

The Citizens Review Board, which was established in 1997, conducts independent investigations into how police administrators handle allegations of police misconduct.

Black was appointed as the board’s chairman in 2014, and serves in a voluntary capacity, WSOC reported.

He is also the co-founder of the Genesis Project, which was reportedly established to assist at-risk youth and their families, Chief Smith said.

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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

My, my, my.

flybynight
flybynight

Clearly another ambush or has another Amish run amuck?

Justretired
Justretired

And he's the chairman of a organization that polices the police? Interesting to say the least.

toughguy
toughguy

But won't successful prosecution contribute to the disparate incarceration rates...?

Pat1978
Pat1978

Reminds me of how pedophiles like to take jobs where they spend a lot of time with kids. I wonder if the cop haters/criminals like to be on these civilian review boards. I'm sure this guy was super 'impartial'.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

In 2017, the Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to revise the requirements for those applying for positions on the Citizens Review Board.

"They’re saying the board, they don’t feel, is diverse enough. They don’t feel that it has enough power,” said Robert Dawkins."

This is what happens when you fail to judge people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin, and you enact racist policies that promote diversity over qualifications. - Jim H.

walkintall
walkintall

Maybe the members of civilian review boards should be subjected to the same background investigation that a police officer is subjected to. Long as I'm at it, same goes for any elected official.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

There should be an opening on the board any minute. Concerned citizens of Mecklenberg County who are registered voters and meet the other requirements should apply. It's a great opportunity to make a difference in your community...

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Good Grief! What's next?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe he is innocent. I don't necessarily think so, but not ready to jump to judgement yet.

WatchYourSix
WatchYourSix

22 YEARS? And this asshole was supposed to be policing the Police..? +1 @walkintall - anyone elected in a position of authority should have a full background investigation, psych, etc, including politicians AND volunteers. It should be federal law.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

One down, hundreds (thousands?) to go.

Pops2
Pops2

You know though on this investigation the officers went above and beyond the call of duty to A. Get this right and nail this scumbag and B. To make sure all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed to make sure this scumbag and the rest of his fellow cop hating scumbags can't claim the police are just retaliating against them. I'm really impressed with the amount of charges after 22 years, they ain't playing around with his child molesting ass!! But one thing did disturb me on this article....he works with at risk kids?? I hope they are still investigating because once a child molester always a child molester and I won't be surprised if they find more victims.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF!!!! Incest, that means at least one of the victims is related to him!! And he was also the co-founder of the Genesis Project. Giving him access to unlimited victims!! F**king piece of shit!!! And these girls told other adults about what he did and they protected him!!! They should be arrested arrested too!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

This asshole needs to die in prison..

CinGuz
CinGuz

1) I am sure he abused more than two & 2) if citizens are reviewing the police that should be law building.

auldiedog
auldiedog

‘Elected’ official. Key word: ELECTED. How many times have you filled out a ballot and had NO IDEA who the people were you were voting for? This is why we vote ABSENTEE ballot - so we can look up each person online and PRAY we make the right decision. Most just tick a box based on name recognition, or by picking a name more closely related to their race. And this is often because we are given little info about council members and governors and mayors.

Bstn
Bstn

Any officer who had any incident reviewed while this guy was on the review board abd ended up with days off or wose should demand outcome be overturned due to obviously a huge bias against cops by this scum bag! And shame on the adults who didnt repirt the abuse hope they all get charged too!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Henry; in Hell you will look into your memory forever and see the eyes of those children, and that will be landscape of your frozen waking death - an unlimited moment of hysterical self pity and unbroken, freezing panic. A poorly planned retirement if you ask me; you wretched, steaming pile.

Me55
Me55

This explains how the illegals raping in NC are getting away with it.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Well, well, well. There you have it.

RunCop
RunCop

Scum bag