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Convicted Sex Offender Goes To Court To Answer New Charges

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DURHAM, N.C. — A convicted sex offender facing two new counts of misdemeanor assault on a minor under the age of 12 was in court Friday morning to answer to the charges.

As Major Stephen Hall remains in the custody of Durham police, unanswered questions remain as to why he was able to work at an elementary school.

The 26-year-old Hall -- convicted of a sexual offense seven years ago -- was a volunteer at Burton Elementary School in Durham from Nov. 2002 to April 9, 2003. He has been accused of inappropriately touching a 5-year old student at the school during that time.

Hall was arrested Thursday.

Durham County Schools do not allow sex offenders to work in or be volunteers at its schools. A school official also said that background checks are required on all volunteers.

At least one parent has said that Hall was sometimes left alone with students at Burton.

Hall was convicted of committing a second-degree sexual offense in 1996. He was released from prison on Nov. 24, 2001.

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