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Wake Forest bans convicted sex offender from parks

Posted August 28, 2008 5:49 p.m. EDT

— Wake Forest has banned a registered sex offender from the town's parks following reports he asked parents if he could push their children on swings.

Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said in a news release Thursday afternoon that police questioned Carlton Wood, 50, on Sunday at Holding Park following the reports, but he was not arrested.

According to the news release, Wood, a registered sex offender in Tennessee, was convicted in 1987 for taking indecent liberties with a minor. He has no outstanding warrants in North Carolina.

Wood is not allowed on the grounds of any of the town's nine parks and recreational facilities, the news release stated.

"In the event Wood trespasses on the grounds or property of any Town of Wake Forest park or recreational facility, he will be subject to arrest and prosecution," Crabtree said.

Wood is not required to register as a sex offender in North Carolina because he was convicted prior to the creation of the state's sex offender registry in 1996.