September 12, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Chair of the Citizens Review Board Henry Thomas Black Jr. was arrested in Myrtle Beach on sexual assault charges involving children, police said Thursday morning.

Black is accused of sexually assaulting two victims. The sexual assaults began when the victims were children and continued over a 22-year span, police say, between 1996 and 2018.

One of the victims, who is now an adult, reported Black to police on September 3. The second victim was identified and said she was also assaulted by Black.

Detectives obtained warrants for Black’s arrest following the report. He has been charged with multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with children, child abuse-sexual act and incest.

Black was initially appointed to the Citizens Review Board on a partial term in Nov. 2014. He was appointed to his first full term on the board in Aug. 2015 and is currently in his second full term on the board.

Black is also the cofounder of Genesis Project, a Family Wellness and Advocacy agency. According to the website for the Genesis Project, Black completed a six-year term on Charlotte’s Community Relation Committee, as well their Police sub-committee.

His agency reportedly served on the Executive Board of the Mecklenburg Provider Council and is also a premium level member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of West Charlotte Senior High School, Black World Barber College and UNC Charlotte. Black reportedly has over 19 years of experience working with youth and families in both community and residential settings.

The Citizens Review Board was established June 9, 1997. The Board reviews appeals by citizens who file complaints on dispositions imposed by the Chief of Police or his designee relating to allegations of misconduct against a sworn police officer.

The Board also serves in an advisory role to the Chief of Police, the City Manager, and the City Council.
Black was booked early Thursday morning in Myrtle Beach and will be extradited back to Mecklenburg County to face the charges.

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