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Franklin Man Admits to Sexually Abusing Child

Michael Bruce Thompson

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man admitted this week in court to sexually abusing a child. He will serve at least nine years in prison.

Michael Bruce Thompson, 52, pleaded guilty in Macon County Superior Court to attempted first-degree statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Bill Coward ordered Thompson serve a minimum sentence of 108 months up to a maximum sentence of 190 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Additionally, Thompson will be listed for 30 years on the publicly available and searchable North Carolina sex-offender registry.

Welch said Thompson molested a child between Nov. 1, 2018, and May 13, 2019. A separate incident took place on May 15, 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Arnold prosecuted the case.

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Andy Rogers

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.
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