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      Police search for man charged with posing as policeman, sexually assaulting 11-year-old

      Nathan Lynn Cooley. Photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Justice

      SPRING LAKE, N.C. -- Police in the town of Spring Lake northwest of Fayetteville are searching for man charged with posing as a policeman who then sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

      Area media outlets report that 28-year-old Nathan Lynn Cooley of Spring Lake is charged with first degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child.

      Authorities say that Cooley is a registered sex offender convicted of two previous child sex crimes.

      Police say the incident happened on Tuesday when a man in a car approached a young girl walking to the library after school. The man said he was a police officer searching for his dog and then took the child to the woods and assaulted her.