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Wayne sex offenders get visits by US marshals, deputies

Posted June 29, 2011 9:10 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2011 8:58 a.m. EDT

— U.S. marshals and Wayne County deputies made house calls to 174 of the county’s registered sex offenders Wednesday and found that at least 18 had committed violations, authorities said.

"Some of them may have stipulations of where they can live – how close to a school, whether they can be around children or not," Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.

Forty marshals and deputies participated in "Operation Double Star," which sought to make sure offenders’ names and addresses are registered with the sheriff’s office. Teams also made sure offenders were actually living at the address.

"Each team consists of a deputy and marshal, so they learned how each other works. And that will enhance us working together in the future," said U.S. Marshal Scotty Parker.

Authorities said they found that some of the offenders have died, while others were in prison. 

Six people were charged with failing to report changing their address. They were all placed in the Wayne County jail under separate $10,000 secured bonds.

  • David Earl Simmons, 31, of 503 Third St. in Goldsboro; convicted of kidnapping a minor and crimes against nature in 2001
  • Ronquel Damar Kennon, 23, of 590 New Hope Road in Goldsboro; convicted of sexual battery in 2009
  • Felix Acevedo Jr., 40, of 109 Heather Glenn Drive in Goldsboro; convicted of attempted sexual abuse of 8- and 10-year-old girls in New York City in 2000
  • Antwan Lamar Blackwell, 30, of 311 Denmark St. in Goldsboro; convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2000
  • Rodney Laneil Becton, 28, 112 Washington Ave. in Mount Olive; convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2002
  • Willie Mozel McClary, 40, 801 Royal Ave. in Goldsboro; convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2008

Authorities are also searching for 12 sex offenders who have either failed to register or left the area without notifying law enforcement.

Winders praised the efforts of the U.S. marshals and sheriff's deputies.

"This will not be the only time we execute a compliance check like this. We will be doing more of them in the future," he said.