In preparation for the Halloween holiday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is urging parents to beware of threats that can affect their children as they head out into the streets for trick-or-treating.
Residents are encouraged to check their local sex offender registry to safeguard children against the dangers of sexual predators, authorities said.
“(At the Sheriff’s Office,) we have an investigator dedicated to just that — checking the registry and identifying these individuals that live in Richmond County,” Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the following individuals have been arrested within the past month for failing to comply with restrictions placed on them through the registry.
Quenton Leonard Rogers, 21, 714 Lackey St., Hamlet, was charged with failure to report a new address - sex offender. He was placed in the Richmond County Jail under a $2,500 secure bond.
In an unrelated case, Gary Tyrone Roberts, 27, 210 Boone St., Rockingham, was charged with failure to report a new address - sex offender and failure to update sex offender registry information.
Separately, James Edward Dillon, 35, 133 Old U.S. Highway 74, Rockingham, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender/student.
“As a Sheriff’s Office, we’re striving for 100 percent compliance,” Clemmons said. “We’ll be continuing our efforts with the assistance of not just local but state and federal agencies like the U.S. Marshal service.”
For more information about the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, visit the website at www.ncdoj.gov or contact the Sheriff’s Office at 910-997-8283.