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Sex offender charged after Raleigh museum visit

Posted October 16, 2011
Updated October 17, 2011

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— A convicted sex offender faces charges after going to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

Wayne Robert Hicks, 52, was charged with two counts of violating a state law that bans sex offenders from entering places where children gather, including certain museums.

Arrest warrants allege that Hicks went to the museum, at 11 W. Jones St., on Oct. 8.

Hicks, whose last registered address was at a homeless shelter on Wilmington Street, was in the Wake County jail Sunday under a $20,000 bond.

He was convicted of child pornography charges in Alabama in 2000 and spent time in federal prison, according to the National Sex Offenders Registry.

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  • Ernest B. Oct 18, 2011

    "Next people will be calling for the death sentence for parking tickets."

    My point is that the law (as written) has more than a few problems. Everybody wants to use the John Walsh-like example. But what everybody in this forum seems to have missed is what about the 16 yr old that sleeps with a 15 yr old type example? Yes, they also can be considered sex offenders based upon the trial outcome-assuming there is a trial. My great grandmother had my grandfather before she turned 16. This law would seem to insist that after a 53 yr marriage that my great grandfather was in reality a sex offender? That's a nonsense argument. Until this whole area of law becomes better defined and clarified, it remains a law that creates a headache for the legal system and wastes our tax dollars.

  • fayncmike Oct 17, 2011

    when
    i was in grade school some guy used to come to the fence and wave his flag. We kids all thought it was funny as heck. I guess we didn't have super reactive parents telling us we were supposed to be traumatized. Not one of us kids required lifelong therapy.

  • fayncmike Oct 17, 2011

    "I wonder how a homeless man is going pay the fine or court costs. He'll just go to an overcrowded jail. Our tax dollars will have to pay for his upkeep for a while. Maybe we should just give sex offenders the death penalty. Seems like it would be a lot fairer sentence than to be a complete social outcast that really has no possibility for redemption. Might even serve as a real deterrent.
    -V-A-V-A-V-"

    Next people will be calling for the death sentence for parking tickets.

  • warbirdlover Oct 17, 2011

    To this day, even though my oldest son is 13, I go with him to the bathroom at places like the Mall, RBC Center etc. When I was younger I worked at a Seafood Restaurant in Tampa Florida. The owners nephew was 13 and a bus boy. If you go to the dictionary and look up Naive, you will see a picture of him. We all went to the Bowling Ally after work and he went into the Bathroom and some Dude started showing is equipment to him. It scared him so bad that he came out crying. We ask him what happened, he told us other guys through the tears. Needless to say we went and had a little talk with him with our fist and sneakers. You just never know where they will be lurking.

  • tar97heel Oct 17, 2011

    "Wonder what he did to bring attention to himself?? It's not like the Museum has a bulitain board full of offenders. Someone brought up the bathroom senario. This is exactly what happened to John Walsh's (America's Most Wanted Host) son Adam.
    warbirdlover
    October 17, 2011 4:28 p.m."

    Probably one of the do-gooder neighborhood vigilante types, unemployed or stay-at-home-mom who spends their time fixated on Young and the restless re-runs and being the neighborhood police and gossip queen

  • working for deadbeats Oct 17, 2011

    "Of course, where would we put the guy who got caught with an ounce of marijuana?" pseudonym

    I made basically the exact same comment and it did not make it, but this is exactly right.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 17, 2011

    "Wonder what he did to bring attention to himself?? It's not like the Museum has a bulitain board full of offenders. Someone brought up the bathroom senario. This is exactly what happened to John Walsh's (America's Most Wanted Host) son Adam." warbirdlover

    Exactly.

  • Pseudonym Oct 17, 2011

    If this guy is this dangerous, then let's put him in jail and not let him out.

    Of course, where would we put the guy who got caught with an ounce of marijuana?

  • warbirdlover Oct 17, 2011

    Wonder what he did to bring attention to himself?? It's not like the Museum has a bulitain board full of offenders. Someone brought up the bathroom senario. This is exactly what happened to John Walsh's (America's Most Wanted Host) son Adam.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 17, 2011

    A little investigative journalism would find out a very crucial detail about this man, but it is not my job to report it. It is amazing that some people would be ok with this guy around their kids because he "served his time". That is almost as sick as the crime committed itself.

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