Tracking Sex Offenders In Your Neighborhood

They're convicted of rape, sex offenses with kids, and other sex crimes, and they're likely living in your neighborhood.

North Carolina's Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry allows you to see if convicted sexual offenders are living near you. There are some 12,000 across the state.

We headed out to several communities across eastern Carolina to see if people know about the sexual offenders in their neighborhoods. Several people we talked with in Greenville were unaware a convicted rapist was living near them. That individual is also just one block from a daycare center. The owner of the daycare didn't know and was quite shaken up when we told her.

Registered sex offenders can't live within 1,000 feet of a daycare unless they were there before the law took effect this year. That happens to be the situation in the above case in Greenville.

Do you know if convicted sex offenders are living near you? The registry was created to protect you and keep you informed. Just click on the link below to track sex offenders near you.

Be sure to watch WITN News at Six Thursday as Dave Jordan talks with a registered sex offender who is headed back to court.


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  • by Law is the Law Location: Washington on Nov 3, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    The State of North Carolina sends out notices Certified Letter to sex offenders every 6 mths to verify their address. The Offender then must return the Letter to the local Sheriffs Office where they live, IN PERSON,within 10 days of recpt. or they can be charged with another Felony. Some Local Sheriffs Office, Beaufort Co is one, checks Sex offenders address's on a normal basis once a month to verify that they are still there. This However does not have to be reported to the state that maintains the registry! So...On a normal case...the registry will show when the record has been updated by the State, once the letter has been recvd. Hope that helps with some of the questions!
  • by Holly Location: Rambo on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    I just want to let you all know and feel you should put it on your report tonight. My husband is Ernest Rambo, the man you interviewed. What you don't know is that he is loving and caring. He is also a wonderful husband and father. I would also be happy do an interview with you as well if you want. The registery is a good thing for those who are actually sex offenders especially if they are rpeaters. But my husband is not a sex offender and definetly hasn't repeated.
  • by Margaret Location: Washington on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    I understand people wanting to know the "sex Offenders" in there area but, what about the ones that did not do anything wrong but had a bad lawyer or just didnt have the money to fight? And they did the time and have not had any other Convictions and always updates the registry. What about their friends who have kids and know about what happend and want to bring the kids by because they go to people they know and have known for years? I also believe this should be done on a case by case basis! Yes and What about the ones that has not been verified in years?
  • by APOSTLE JAMES R HAVEN Location: Charles blvd on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    I would like to know whom the Sex Offenders are in Greenville Nc Area Please I am a Pastor in the Area

    Editor's Note: Please click on the "RELATED LINKS" above to go to the registry. You can do a search for your neighborhood or the entire city.
  • by Dana Location: Greenville on Oct 31, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    I checked the sex offender registry & was shocked to learn that 5 offenders live within 1 mile of my home. All had multiple charges involving minors. I was horrified to see that none of their addresses has been verified for months and 2 had not been verified for a couple of years. Who checks on these people?
  • by Jane on Oct 31, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    I do not believe that it is fair to limit the homes of sex offender who live with their children or teens who enjoy handing out candy to Trick or Treaters. People must remember that there are other people who are NOT on the sex-offenders list, that live in homes with these registered sex offenders. I am the child of a registered sex offender, and one of the things I look forward to most of all is handing out candy in my neighborhood. I understand this is to protect children, but I am still a child, should you really punish me for something I haven’t done? Who is protecting me from the media? Who is protecting me from these laws, Why can’t I live a normal childhood? My parent is not a “violent” sex offender; I believe this should be done on a case by case basis before this law goes into effect. My parent has served their time the only one serving time now is me and my emotions and my rights, Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness… who exactly is protecting who from what?
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