NC: Registered sex offender found living near school put on $100,000 bond

Source: 11/13/23
[ACSOL note: we are posting this arrest to make registrants aware of the excessive secured bond]

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office say that they have arrested a registered sex offender who did not update his address when he moved.

According to deputies, 29-year-old William Ford of Greenville is a registered sex offender who did not change his address with the Sheriff’s Office within three days when he moved recently.

Deputies say that they found Ford living less than 1000 feet from a school, daycare, or childcare facility which is not allowed for someone who is a registered sex offender.

Ford is being held in the Pitt County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

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To my knowledge living near a school is a Civil offense and not a felony.
Also, it is also to my knowledge that when you fall to register on your due date the sheriff has to come out to your residence and inform you that you have 7 days to register.
To my knowledge, there is a 7 day grace period if you fail to register on your date.
I know this is not the same as this instance, but it may help some of you in a lawsuit if they arrest you for less than 7 days past your due dat and they are supposed to give you time to register if you miss.
Check the law in your state.

Wow… $100k bond for a civil infraction? Meanwhile people are actually causing physical harm to people, looting, causing real damage and being let go. I don’t understand how this country can keep going with laws as backwards and corrupt as this. Of course, nothing is going to change, there aren’t any lawmakers with any integrity to stand up to this crap.

I’m glad that this was posted here, from me posting this in general comments. I was floored at the $100k bond, which I thought was excessive! And everyone needed to know, more injustice going on. Sad.

This is just despicable. The “authorities” in the southern states, all of them not just Florida are tyrants. This is enough to make me want a civil war. 2.0.

This may seem minor, no pun intended, but I’d like to know just how “inside” close he was to the school boundary line and where the boundary is on a map with reference to what is deemed the boundary, e.g, a sidewalk, parking curb, etc. It seems to me the states should define what the boundaries for all of the closed off living areas on a map and have it accessible for all to see regardless if one is a PFR or not. Wait, but NC does not have the funds for that either too I bet.

Meanwhile, […] lets all have a cow over some guy living 1k feet from where children attend a school that’s heavily monitored with security cameras and safety protocols.

Sounds like one of those tough on crime slogans. 3 strikes ⚾ you’re out, and I’ll call your 1,000 for a 100,000

Here in Arizona, once your Civil Rights are restored, the 1000 foot rule doesn’t apply.

Its extremely comical. He cant live near a school for fear he will go sexually assault a minor, but do they allow murderers? After all, they MIGHT go murder a child using that asinine logic.