Five registered sex offenders are in trouble with the law after an operation with U.S. Marshals and lawmen from two counties.
"Operation Valor" was conducted this week in Onslow and Pender counties.
Starting at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, some 70 officers from the U.S. Marshals, Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Police Department, NCIS, Pender County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina Division of Adult Supervision began verifying that all registered sex offenders in the two counties were in compliance.
Authorities say the homes of 355 sex offenders were visited and five people were arrested for various offenses.
Roy Lee Spicer, 51, arrested in Allegheny County, PA, for failure to notify of change of address. Spicer is required to register as a sex offender based on a 1994 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. The U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Pennsylvania have also begun an investigation seeking to charge Spicer with a violation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
Vernon Eric Spencer, 44, arrested in Pender County on order for arrest for possession with intent to sell/deliver counterfeit controlled substance, felony probation violation, and driving while impaired.
Stephen Craig Gentry, 31, arrested in Onslow County for probation violation. During a search of his residence by NC DPS, officers located evidence of child pornography and additional charges may be brought against Gentry.
Lee Evan Ennis, 32, arrested in Pender County for felony probation violation. Officers also located small quantities of cocaine and marijuana on Ennis when he was arrested.
The Marshal Service says this is the first time an operation like this has taken place in the two counties.