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Sex offender arrested at Carrboro school

Posted February 28, 2011

— Carrboro police said Monday that a Chapel Hill man violated his sex offender status restrictions after he was seen at McDougle Middle School twice in one week.

A school resource officer received a report on Feb. 23 that Stephen Ross Pickard, of 2119 Clover Garden CH Road in Chapel Hill, was spotted on school property, police said.

While that investigation was ongoing, Pickard was found at the school Monday and arrested.

Pickard was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2000. He was charged with two counts of being on school property in violation of his sex offender status restrictions.

He was taken to the Orange County jail, where bond was set at $100,000.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 2, 2011


    1- In our country, people are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    2- A defendant has an absolute right to bail unless there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would: Abscond, Commit further offences while on bail, Interfere with witnesses.

    If the reasons aren't sufficient, try pretending that they just arrested you.

    Besides, our prisons have no room...they're too full of people who got caught smoking a naturally-growing weed or carry a couple plant leafs around with them. Maybe we could change this and use that space for REAL criminals? Whatchathink? :-)

  • covertpamela70 Mar 2, 2011

    Why is bond set on these people..I just dont understand.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 1, 2011

    0 Tolerance aka Ms. Turner, I'm not sure I understand your question. Rephrase? :-)

    I guess I'm just wondering what other responsibilities people want to pile onto our underpaid, under-appreciated teachers.

    It seems that if the guy was arrested, at most the school might want to give the kids a note to take home regarding the incident.

    Of course, other folks may want the teachers to take a "work day" and pay a personal visit to every home.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Mar 1, 2011

    OK my question why were parents at the school notified>???????

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 1, 2011

    Upon re-reading this story, it's unclear to me where this man was. It says "at school" and also "on school property".

    Was he just inside the sidewalk by the street or actually roaming the halls?

  • southernincary Mar 1, 2011

    Who's to say he's not a parent of a child there? Maybe hired to do janitoral work? I often wonder about the "creepy-looking" dudes I see at my child's school but what can we do? "Hey you! You look creepy! You need to leave because you MIGHT be an offender!"

  • jbarron4950 Mar 1, 2011

    Please don't anger Wildcat. It's obvious that 95% of the time, nothing he or she says makes sense. Wildcat's biggest problem is that he or she doesn't read the entire article and most certainly does not understand what he or she reads. There are those in the world who don't know and then there are those who don't know that they don't know (Wildcat).

  • devilblue Mar 1, 2011

    He looks to be about a brick shy of a load anyway! Creep.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 1, 2011

    School teachers are not the police. (do you hear me, Wildcat?)

    Be happy that they somehow figured out this guy didn't belong. So unless you bump up their measely & pitiful paycheck...stop piling on more items to their job description.

  • jbarron4950 Mar 1, 2011

    Wildcat said-Shows you how the staff did not care for the welfare of the children making it safe for them.

    So now I have to learn every face and name on the sex offender list and report them if I see them on my school's campus. I think you need to get a grip with reality!!!! bowhunterjunkie

    This is so true...Wildcat needs to "think" before posting.

    Are you people insane, mad or just what? Stop asking for the IMPOSSIBLE! (sarcasm)