Durham County

44-year-old wanted child sex-abuse suspect surrenders to Durham police

John William Garris
John William Garris Durham County jail photo

Traveling private music instructor John William Garris, 44, of 1908 Mountain Creek Road, Albemarle, turned himself in to Durham police on Thursday.

He was being sought on charges of first-degree statutory sexual offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

He was released from the Durham County jail after posting $50,000 bond, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Friday.

The only other information police provided was that the alleged incident which resulted in the charges against Garris was reported May 1 in Durham and that the victim was known to Garris.

Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call Investigator Mussatti at 919-560-4440, ext. 29349 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers do not have to identify themselves.