The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC— Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin announced that William Raymond Spears, a 64 year old registered sex offender was arrested on a true bill of indictment for being on protected property, an elementary/middle school, in Cherokee County.
During the investigation of a report that Spears had been present on the protected property information was found that on May 26th 1998, Spears was convicted in Putnam County Florida Superior Court for Lewd and Lascivious Assault Upon a Child, a crime similar to North Carolina Indecent Liberties with a Child. That upon becoming a part year resident in Cherokee County, Spears acknowledged that due to his conviction he was not allowed to be on protected properties such as schools when he registered with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Further, information including photographs and statements gave investigators enough information to present the case to the Cherokee County Grand Jury. Prior to the case submission to the grand jury, Spears temporarily moved back to Seabring, Florida where he maintains a part year residence as well.
On the day of his arrival back in Cherokee County, Spears was arrested on the bill of indictment. After his arrest Spears was taken before Cherokee County Magistrate Postell where he was given a $2,500.00 secure bond which Spears posted. Spears is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County Superior Court on August 25th, 2014.
Sheriff Keith Lovin remarked, “Cherokee County presently has 71 individuals that are on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. It is often a daunting task to keep up with these individuals to ensure their compliance with the registry’s requirements. My office is committed to keeping our community a safe place for families to live and allow children to grow without fear of assault by predators.”
To report crime in Cherokee County you can submit an anonymous tip at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 828-837-1344 or report it to 911.
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