Convicted sex offender arrested for being at playground

Convicted sex offender arrested for being at playground

Credit: Iredell County Sheriff's Office

John Paul Berry.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A convicted sex offender was found to be at a restricted location-- a playground, authorities say.

On February 12, a report was filed with Iredell County Sheriff's Office's Special Victims Unit regarding a registered sex offender being at a restricted location in Statesville.

The Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old John Paul Berry, of Stony Point, was at a playground, according to witnesses. The witnesses shared evidence with investigators of Berry's whereabouts, officials say.

Berry is a registered sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of indecent liberties with a child.

Berry was booked in to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond. He's charged with one count of sex offender being on a child premises as defined in G.S. 14-208.18. See the law below:

14-208.18.  Sex offender unlawfully on premises.
(a)        It shall be unlawful for any person required to register under this Article, if the offense requiring registration is described in subsection (c) of this section, to knowingly be at any of the following locations:
(1)        On the premises of any place intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors, including, but not limited to, schools, children's museums, child care centers, nurseries, and playgrounds.
(2)        Within 300 feet of any location intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors when the place is located on premises that are not intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors, including, but not limited to, places described in subdivision (1) of this subsection that are located in malls, shopping centers, or other property open to the general public.
(3)        At any place where minors gather for regularly scheduled educational, recreational, or social programs.

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