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Sex offender pleads guilty to federal charges

Posted November 9, 2011

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— A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal sex charges, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina Ripley Rand announced.

Edward Earl Sparrow, 50, of Chapel Hill, admitted guilt to possession of child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender and traveling in interstate commerce. He faces up to 30 years in prison on those charges and will be sentenced in March.

Prosecutors said that Sparrow didn't update his sex offender registration when he moved in the Dominican Republic. He was arrested in that country in June and extradited to the United States.

Sparrow was convicted of felony indecent exposure in 2009, misdemeanor indecent exposure in 1995, assault on a child in 1994 and indecent liberties with a child in 1991, according to state Department of Correction records. He's served four prison terms totaling five years.

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  • LoveBeingAMommy Nov 10, 2011

    Sparrow was convicted of felony indecent exposure in 2009, misdemeanor indecent exposure in 1995, assault on a child in 1994 and indecent liberties with a child in 1991, according to state Department of Correction records. He's served four prison terms totaling five years.

    Apparently that wasnt enough time.

  • Here2tellya Nov 10, 2011

    What I cant believe is that he's only served 5 years for 4 terms! Well he can make up for that now. Throw away the key!

  • justafella Nov 9, 2011

    . Isnt that what most pro sex offender advocates want? - to get them out of the country? dsdaughtry
    November 9, 2011 10:58 a.m.
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    No, we want these kind of people locked up for life, NOT HURTING ANY more Children.

  • nanasix Nov 9, 2011

    It's hard to comprehend someone with this record being out of jail (prison). What's wrong with our system? No one will be safe with him out of prison. GIVE HIM LIFE OR DEATH FOR HIS REPEATED VIOLATIONS.

  • Ambygirl Nov 9, 2011

    Give him all 30 years this time but.....DON'T LET HIM OUT BEFORE HE HAS SERVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!!

  • jsok123 Nov 9, 2011

    "..When will the court system ever learn about these people?.."

    Think about the Catholic Church. Its corrupted to the core with this kind of behavior.

  • dsdaughtry Nov 9, 2011

    it appears that he had no problems in the Dominican Republic except for the warrant from the United States for failure to change address (how does a sex offender change an address outside the US?). Seems to me that letting him continue to live in the Dominican Republic was not so bad afterall. Isnt that what most pro sex offender advocates want? - to get them out of the country?

  • Glass Half Full Nov 9, 2011

    When will the court system ever learn about these people?

  • hunter38 Nov 9, 2011

    Sparrow was convicted of felony indecent exposure in 2009, misdemeanor indecent exposure in 1995, assault on a child in 1994 and indecent liberties with a child in 1991, according to state Department of Correction records. He's served four prison terms totaling five years.

    Anyone else see the BIG PROBLEM here? I'll give you a clue....HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!

  • familyfour Nov 9, 2011

    ugh!

    If they had locked his sorry self up the first time, there would not have been any other children harmed...

    :-/