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NC: Abusing his authority, NC Sheriff goes “above and beyond” what the law allows


By Robin Vander Wall . . . In June, 2017, a registered sex offender in Halifax County was visited by the sheriff’s office for his biannual verification check. Eight days later, and after successful verification of his address, the same registered sex offender was charged with kidnapping and attempting to rape a 1-year-old child.

So much for the usefulness of verification checks, right?

Predictably enough, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison doesn’t see it that way. In a July interview with CBS17, and in response to the incident in Halifax County, Sheriff Harrison announced that his office intended to perform verification checks at least six-times-a-year, and possibly more.

The Wake County Sheriff Department’s website states that “[b]y going above and beyond what the law requires, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office wants to use every means possible to better protect and serve the citizens of Wake County.”

But Sheriff Harrison isn’t merely going “above and beyond the law,” he’s deliberately operating outside the law and in flagrant violation of what NCGS 14-208.9A lawfully allows.

In North Carolina, registered citizens are notified by certified mail about their registration obligation every six months. If a registered citizen fails to verify his address by visiting the sheriff’s office within three days of receiving his notification, he is subject to arrest.

On paper, this is a sensible process for verifying the current address of a registered citizen because it minimizes the intrusion of law enforcement officers into the lives of people who are already subjected to an overwhelmingly invasive sex offender registration scheme exposing them to public ridicule and harassment 24-hours-a-day.

However, NCGS 14-208.9A also provides local sheriff departments the needed flexibility to physically investigate the “address last registered by [an] offender” in the event that the state’s prescribed mechanism for address verification is frustrated (owing to a registered citizen’s failure to respond to a rather expensive notification process).

But Sheriff Harrison is going well beyond the legislative intent and has decided to use sub-section (b) as a means to render virtually all of subsection (a) little more than a perfunctory inconvenience to citizens who will receive the exact same treatment by obeying the law as citizens who do not.

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So Donnie Harrison thinks a solution to prevent crime is to do much more of what was obviously proven to not work. Of course. That is how law enforcement “thinks”. They are either complete idiots or they think the people who pay them are. The SEX Offender Registries (SORs) are 100% unacceptable to any real American. People who support it are not Americans. They are harassing terrorists who should be treated as such at all times. They should never be left to their own devices, able to commit their crimes. Keep them in check. Any family that is listed on… Read more »

Go to his house every month and knock on his door and politely ask” Do you still live here?”.

And if no answer, go to their neighbors house and interrogate them. “Uh, sir. We’re just being hyper-vigilant. You do know what lives beside you, right?”


Who wants to bet they’ll be sending out UAV’s (drones) with cameras to check up on us before long??

I think they already do in some areas.

I don’t know what NC law stipulates on intrastate travel but if there are no restrictions of such, then if said RC is not at home and on vacation or the like then he is subject to arrest for failure to register?
Yep overstepping! Someone should find some dirt on this Sheriff and get it out there.

The very simple answer is to never allow checks. They will learn that they cannot ever check if you are home or not. And certainly never, ever answer any questions about where you are, have been, etc. There truly is no reason to talk to them. Never forget that Nanny Big Government law enforcement does not exist to help you. They are never your friend. Again, I think all Registered families should wall or fence off their properties. Then it is very obvious that only invited people are welcome. I think the best thing by far is to have at… Read more »

Also.. take your house numbers off your mailbox and front facade if possible. Don’t make it easy for them to identify where you are!

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