Tip Leads To Convicted Sex Offender

Authorities say a viewer tip has led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender who had not notified authorities of his new address as required by law.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office says someone recognized Francis Alford Junior's picture on TV Friday night and called Emerald Isle Police who arrested him at the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier around 8:15 p.m.

Alford, who was first put on the registry following a 2007 sexual battery plea, formerly lived on Lake Road in Newport. Officers say Alford did not notify them of his new change of address.

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