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Sex offender, woman charged

Posted August 31, 2009
Updated October 14, 2009

— A convicted sex offender on probation and his female friend have been arrested on charges that they violated laws regarding sex offenders, according to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office.

Pamela Margaret Lewis was arrested July 31 on charges of conducting child care in a sex offender's home and failure to report non-compliance by a sex offender. Investigators said Lewis brought her grandchild to her 7800 Arabia Road home, although a sex offender,  Jeffery Dale Sutton, 38, had told authorities he lived there.

Investigators found out that Sutton hadn't stayed at the home for several weeks.

Sutton was arrested last Tuesday and charged with sex offender residence violation. He was being held in the Hoke County Jail under a $40,000 secured bond.

According to state Department of Correction records, Sutton was sentenced to 5 years' probation in 2006 after being convicted on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of second-degree kidnapping in. He has earlier convictions for DWI and breaking-and-entering.


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  • patriot4liberty Sep 1, 2009

    I fail to see how this statute applies in this case:

    § 14‑321.1. Prohibit baby sitting service by sex offender or in the home of a sex offender.
    (a) For purposes of this section the term "baby sitting service" means providing, for profit, supervision or care for a child under the age of 13 years who is unrelated to the provider by blood, marriage, or adoption, for more than two hours per day while the child's parents or guardian are not on the premises.

    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person who is an adult may provide or offer to provide a baby sitting service in any of the following circumstances:

    (1) The baby sitting service is offered in a home and a resident of the home is a sex offender who is registered in accordance with Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes.

    (2) A provider of care for the baby sitting service is a sex offender who is registered in accordance with Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes.

  • leo-nc Sep 1, 2009

    He should never have been out in the first place.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 1, 2009

    I also agree the sex offender registry is too broad. I understand tracking predators and pedophiles. Some of these lesser offenses are still crimes, but lumping them with the rest in the registry dilutes the registry. How long will it be until (or has it happened) that people ignore the registry because there are just too many petty offenders?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 1, 2009

    Why is it his mother's responsibility to report his address? This guy could list the govenor's address claiming he moved in there, would they then arrest Bev?

    Maybe he moved in and then left, but how is she to know if he changed his address? For that matter, how is she responsible for knowing his requirements. When they did the address check she seemed to tell them the truth that he didn't live there.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sep 1, 2009

    I'm glad I'm not the only one confused by this story. The woman was charged with conducting child care when she was babysitting her own grandchild in her own home where the offender had not been for weeks? I totally agree that true sex offenders deserve the severest punishment we can think off, but it sounds like they've been a little overzealous on this one.

  • Spooner Sep 1, 2009

    Ridiculous set of circumstances to arrest anyone other than the sex offender. Let me on the jury and the grandmother gets off.

  • Dragons_lady Aug 31, 2009

    What do you have to do to go to jail these days? '''
    drugs will send you to jail...and prison...before anything else...

  • jlh4jdj Aug 31, 2009

    I know why the lawmakers are worried about sex crimes. It's the same thing as a pastor who always talks about the same subject (like money or lust) that is what they have on their minds. The bottom line is that a murder is more respected than a sex offender (even if they were only using the restroom in the wrong place outside). I agree that a pervert who rapes or messes with young children should be punished harshly. I don't think a drunk guy who is 21 who picks up a 15 year old at a bar with a fake ID should be considered a sex offender. Until law makers stop being PC and actually make the time fit the crime people are not going to respect these laws.

  • twc Aug 31, 2009

    Sunday Bandit, I suspect that most of the sex offender legislation gets enacted with such harsh penalties because it makes the legislator seem innocent of sex crimes. Some of these laws are ridiculous. The laws need to be reviewed so that sex crimes that need the punishment get the punishment. It's so ridiculous, for example, for someone to be branded a sex offender because of a age difference of a year or so. This closes the door for a judge or jury to even consider the circumstances, age, or maturity of those involved.

    Reminds me of the Salem witch hunts.

    In this case I suspect it's just a mother trying to get by and do the best she can under horrible circumstances not of her own making.

  • donnaferguson Aug 31, 2009

    I'm all for re opening Alcatraz for people like this. They all deserve each other.