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MAIDEN, N.C. -- Police in Maiden have arrested a registered sex offender who's accused of being on the property of a middle school three times.

Maiden Police say 34-year-old William John Abernathy, of Morganton, was at the Luicille Miller Observatory on March 7 and 13, according to their investigation.

When Abernathy returned on Friday, April 4, he was arrested.

Abernathy is charged with sex offender unlawfully on premises.

Additionally, he's being held in the Catawba County Detention Center on a $36,000 bond for two separate sex offender charges and an outstanding failure to appear charge.

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