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Authorities check on sex offenders in Wake, Cumberland counties

Posted May 25, 2012

— In cooperation with U.S. marshals from the Eastern District of North Carolina and the State Department of Public Safety, deputies from Wake and Cumberland counties checked on more than 1,000 registered sex offenders this week to ensure that parolees were complying with the terms of their release. 

As a result of "Operation Carolina Shield," which involved the work of about 90 law enforcement officers from the four agencies, four registered sex offenders were arrested on various charges. Sex Offenders Registry (Generic) Search North Carolina sex offender registry

Marlowe Garcia Lumpkin, 49, was charged in Willard with failure to register as a sex offender. He had been wanted by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office since October 2011. 

Christopher Michael Zdap, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Michael Bryant Parker, 35, was charged with a probation violation, and Lonnie Earsell Frederick, 46, was charged with failure to appear in Alamance County. 

The effort coincided with a large-scale operation conducted across North and South Carolina this week. In the Middle District of North Carolina, authorities made more than 500 compliance checks in Chatham, Durham, Lee and Orange counties. 

Officers made five arrests related to those checks and seized a significant amount of child pornography from one registrant's residence, authorities said. 

“Operation Carolina Shield has sent a loud and clear message to the sex offenders throughout Eastern North Carolina”, said Scott J. Parker, U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison Authorities: 'Operation Carolina Shield' a success

“That message is that the United States Marshals Service, working alongside other federal, state and local law enforcement partners, will utilize all available resources and work tirelessly to ensure that our communities and the children of our communities are safe from sex offenders.”

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the number of arrests prove that Operation Carolina Shield is working. 

"They never know when we are coming, so they are staying in compliance," he said. "I'm very proud of the help that we've had."


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  • OneLove May 25, 2012

    @ hereandnow99~ something to think about before you commit a crime, huh?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 25, 2012

    This story brings a good question to mind.

    If you're busted for a sex crime (or any felony for that matter), serve your time and get out...but you're not able to legally own a firearm...and you're a gun nut... What will you do to "protect yourself against the cruel world"?

    What if other gun nuts know what crimes you committed and look up your name & address in the registry?

  • OneLove May 25, 2012

    SomeRandomGuy ~ I was kind of wondering the same thing. I mean, isn't this what they're SUPPOSED to be doing??

  • sammyg May 25, 2012

    Good work! I'm glad to know you are keeping an eye on these guys!

  • princessnise May 25, 2012

    WOW is all I can say about the negative comments regarding this operation. It doesn't matter what the percentage arrested was or the ROI - what matters is that these individuals are once again off of the streets. For all we know those arrested were violent offenders. Did anyone notice that one was found with "significant" child porn? Did anyone know that child porn usually involves children under 6? I am grateful for the LEO's work if it saved just one person from sexual assault, especially a child.

  • SomeRandomGuy May 25, 2012

    Why is this news? This is the Sheriff's departments job. Why are the US Marshalls involved at all?

  • less_govt_is_better_govt May 25, 2012

    "Obviously these people aren't bothering anybody and the loud and clear message is that law enforcement is just wasting its precious time and money on worthless projects."

    Donnie Harrison is the king of wasteful spending and good ole' boy politics!

    He loves to justify ANY arrest at ANY expense so he can pound his frail chest and brag about his "boys" doing a good job. The sheriff's department was the biggest revenue source for the county via the court system (court costs) until someone died in Donnie's over crowded jail. He would require deputies to arrest people just to keep the jails full!

    Now that a lawsuit is in the works, wake county arrests have gone from 60+ a day to 30 or less a day. They have dropped by one half! Donnie is a bigger crook than those who have paid their dues to society and are trying to rebuild their life (this coming from a constitutional conservative)

    Donnie just smiles for the camera and keeps sweeping his deputy misconduct under the rug!

  • Ven May 25, 2012

    all and all sounds like the release programs are working, if only 4 and doesn't sound like they were for anything remotely related...have to question the ROI for the time/effort, maybe try a smaller sample size for same effort?

  • tightywhitey2 May 25, 2012

    I am glad they are checking on these sex offenders. Maybe when they get done they could take the same resources and check on some of these gang infested neighborhoods. I am sure they could find more than four violations. You know more bang for the buck, so to speak.

  • carsonfern May 25, 2012

    "Operation Carolina Shield has sent a loud and clear message". Sure... The message is that 90 officers went to 1500 homes and spent days doing it and found that .6% of the people they bothered were worth bothering. Not 6 percent. Just .6 percent. Obviously these people aren't bothering anybody and the loud and clear message is that law enforcement is just wasting its precious time and money on worthless projects. I'm sure the officers who spent their entire day and night having to knock on a thousand five hundred doors only to find that there was a law abiding citizen at home would agree that he or she could have been more effective fighting real crimes instead.