Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the July 01, 2021 arrest of Anthony ____, a 44-year-old male who listed a Murphy, North Carolina address, for violations of the Sex Offense Registry.
In March 2021, Anthony reported in person to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to register as a person convicted of a sex offense. During the registration process, it was found that Anthony had been convicted for Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Second Degree in Anderson County South Carolina in 1998. Due to the nature of the violations, Anthony was classified as an “Aggravated Sex Offender”.
During the registration process of people convicted of a sex offense, they are required to report any Online Identifiers, i.e. social media accounts, email addresses, etc., to the registering Sheriff. At the time of registration, Anthony completed an affidavit indicating that he had no Online Identifiers.
In June 2021, Anthony reported in person to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office during the verification process Anthony again completed an affidavit indicating that he had no online identifiers.
Shortly after Anthony had reported he did not maintain any On-Line identifiers information was made known to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that Anthony had at least one or two accounts on the social media site Facebook.com. After confirming the existence of the accounts warrants were obtained and Anthony was arrested at his registered residence.
Anthony is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $20,000.00 secure bond and has a July 15, 2021, Cherokee County District Court date.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “We continually receive reports of our youth being exploited by individuals and continue to encourage our community to be an extra set of eyes and ears in our fight. We thank our concerned citizens for their support and encourage continued reporting of this and all crimes.”