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19 arrested in Franklin, Nash, Warren sex offender roundup

Posted February 16, 2012

— Law enforcement officers arrested 19 people and seized four firearms, a laptop, hard drive and memory card during a sex offender roundup in Franklin, Nash and Warren counties Wednesday.

About 70 officers from the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and other state and local law enforcement agencies visited the homes of 274 registered sex offenders to make sure they were in compliance with the law.

Those arrested include:

Franklin County

  • Thomas Edward Wynne, 24, possession of firearm by felon
  • Robert Charles Phelan, 31, failure to change address, use of a social network by a sex offender. Authorities say he was registered in Franklin County, working in Wake County and living in Wilson County.
  • Michael Dean Lynch, 25, probation violation
  • Timothy L. Jones, 52, probation violation
  • Penny Dowdy, 42, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked

Nash County

  • Curtis Miller, 29, failure to change address as a sex offender
  • Kevin Dozier, 40, failure to appear from Jones County
  • Ulysees Rogers, 60, trespassing
  • Melvin Edmonson Jr., 39, child support, resist/delay/obstruct officer
  • Michael Cooper, 21, failure to appear, possession of Schedule II narcotics
  • Rachel Montero, 42, failure to register as a sex offender
  • Daron Lashawn Battle, 20, failure to register as a sex offender
  • Edward Stukes, 47, failure to change address as a sex offender
  • Detron Bennett, 32, failure to appear
  • Terry Lawing, 52, failure to appear
  • Ronald Todd Mitchell, 45, failure to register as a sex offender
  • John Christopher Bailey, age not available, failure to appear from Johnston, Wake and Franklin counties
  • Levis Hicks, 23, probation violation
  • Danny Lewis, 24, possession of Schedule VI narcotics, probation violation, larceny, breaking & entering, expired tag/registration

No one was arrested in Warren County.

In July 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The legislation is aimed at sex offenders who fail to comply with state law by moving from state to state and fail to notify the required authorities of their current location.

Prior to the federal law, sex offenders could move to new communities undetected, where they were less likely to be recognized and more readily able to re-offend.

Since July 2006, 116,400 compliance checks have been conducted across the country, 54,564 fugitive sex offenders have been arrested and 348 missing children have been recovered, according to the task force.


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  • Glorytown Feb 17, 2012

    Why did you list Warren County in the roundup? Looks like all the re-offenders were in Nash and Franklin.

  • bslatton Feb 17, 2012

    parents should know enough now that kids are having sex earlier now then ever...so they should be expecting it...not charge someone because their child has sex with someone a few yrs older...get clue...ppl just abuse the system because laws today are different from back when...sex is sex...only time its a crime is when its RAPE or MOLESTATION...otherwise the laws should be equal to all parties involved. So one person geta an offender title while the other gets nothing at all...kinda stupid

  • fredkim9 Feb 17, 2012

    Why include Waren County in the headline if none were found. We in WC get a bad enough rap....chill

  • avnvideo Feb 17, 2012

    good job,looks like alot of other offenses are commited by these guys

  • iknowmyschnitzel Feb 17, 2012

    I'm so glad the victim apologized. It was obviously all her fault. Good job Mom.

  • cwynne1967 Feb 16, 2012

    I guess what I am trying to say is this....not all sex offenders are bad people. My son realized his mistake immediately and faced the consequences. He did everything the courts ordered him to do and with the exception of misunderstanding the law about the gun has not done anything at all that could be considered against the law. Even the girl involved has apologized to me & my daughter (whom she used to be best friends with) for her part in this. He has been traumatized by this whole experience and has cried himself to sleep many times because he feels so bad about what happened.He wishes it had never happened, but knows you can not turn back time. He was not & is not a bad person,in fact he would give you the shirt off of his back if he thought you needed it. He has a good paying job, pays taxes and does not receive government assistance. He has a good wife a brand new baby and owns his own home. He made a mistake and owns up to that & for that, I am proud.

  • cwynne1967 Feb 16, 2012

    @oleguy...I don't know. One of my grandfather's was 18 years older than my grandmother, my other grandfather was 11 years older than my grandmother, my dad is 6 years older than my mother and my son in law is almost 15 years older than my daughter (she was 23 when they married) I realize there are bad people out there who sexually assault/abuse children & other adults, but I also think (and thought this BEFORE my son's incident) that consensual sex acts should not be treated in the same was as a forced sex act. Yes, they should still be punished in some way, but they should not have to wear the stigma of sex offender for the rest of their life. You would not believe how many young men have been charged as sex offenders because they are 18 or older and their girlfriend's were under the age of 16. There are also a number of young women who have been charged, just not as many as the young men.

  • oleguy Feb 16, 2012

    I know exactly what you mean,,, What you could do in the 60's is not allowed now,,, Whats the statue of liminations on these type of crimes? Just asking

  • welfarequeen Feb 16, 2012

    Hey I get it! He didn't touch her, she touched him. He didn't have a gun in the house, his wife did! Baby, please don't say that kinda stuff in court to Judge Judy. She would give you that look she gives to people who know they wrong but still act like they are right.

  • cwynne1967 Feb 16, 2012

    She did know before they married. I also own a gun for protection. I bought it for myself when my husband also started working late at night. Our vehicles were broken into last year and I even had a man walk in my house one day in broad daylight. When I called 911, it took them almost an hour to get here. I for one am not taking any chances. Open the Franklin Times and read the sheriff report. Every week there are home break ins and home invasions. We live in a dangerous world. We also live in an overly sexual world,turn on MTV, even CMT and you will get an eye full . At 12 years old I had no clue what oral sex was or even sex for that matter. Now, kids as young as 7 or 8 know what sex is and see half naked people on tv simulating sex. Even the video games are of a sexual nature. It has got to stop! Otherwise, more & more young men and women, who are otherwise law abiding, tax paying citizens are going to wear the stigma of being a sex offender.