Greenville Sex Offender Living Too Close To School

A registered sex offender in Greenville is facing new charges in part because he's been living incredibly close to an elementary school.

Police say that 31-year-old Lee Boyd has been living near the back entrance of Sadie Saulter Elementary School on Myrtle Street in West Greenville.

State law says registered sex offenders can't live within 1,000 feet of a school.

Friday morning, Boyd was booked in the Pitt County Jail for this residence violation, along with failing to report change of address, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and larceny charges. His bond is set at $52,500.

The state sex offender registry shows Boyd's most recent address before living on Myrtle St. was on Candlewood Dr. in Greenville. That location is about 1,700 feet away from Greenville Christian Academy on Greenville Blvd. Though he was close, Boyd was not in violation of state law when he lived near Greenville Christian Academy.

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  • by Me Location: NC on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    I think people should be more worried about the guy sitting next to you in church or the PTA, the ones who have not been caught and will continue to "hide" themselves in front of your faces! Coaches, teachers,priests, single parent groups...and I am not saying everyone of them is a sexual predator. I am saying WE as society see these jobs, and places as sacred and safe, and THEY know this--they see them as PERFECT hunting grounds. YES, I check where I am moving. I do with maybe they had a rating system for them. As a child I was molested by a pillar of the community who got away with it for years,and I had a BLACK/WHITE view of sex offenders but now I see there is a grey area that is not addressed. Predators will always be, they are not 'fixable', it isn't usually about the sex it is about the power. If you are a parent and you get that weird feeling about someone--go with it. Same if your kid says they don't like, like dogs have a 6th it.
  • by To Laura Location: USA on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM
    " TRUTH " The recidivism rate of sex offenders is low, despite the BS lies spread by the media, politicians, police force, organizations and other people continually repeat the same lies they've been told over and over. Saying sex offenders have a high recidivism rate. Well, if you do your own homework, you will see it's the total opposite, sex offenders have the second lowest recidivism of any criminal. Must sex offenders who do re-offend, its not for another sex crime. Its because on one wants to help them with a job so they have no help in paying bills or food. The way the laws are now a sex offender can not leave the house with out commenting a crime or a felony. US Department of Justice study says "Sex offenders are 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a non-sexual crime" The way laws are now you are going to see this more and more. Laura, Don't ever take someone's word for it, do your own homework. Talk to REAL experts and not wanna-be experts! You can look it all up at USDOJ web site. You can also look at, You can see what's going on all over and how the laws hurt our kids. In some states kids as young as 9 is on the sex offender list. Have a good day or Nite
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      by laura on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM in reply to To Laura
      You're looking at the statistics as they relate to sex offenders as a whole. Sexual offenses include a broad range of crimes- I was speaking more specifically about Pedophiles whose crimes also fall within that spectrum, but are, in fact, very different. I urge you to read Hansen & Steffy's article, "Long-term recidivism of child molesters" in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. They found that upwards of 42% of offenders committed additional sex crimes following release. We're talking apples and oranges here, although they're both fruit, they're different- same with pedophiles. They're not your average joe that, for whatever reason, forces himself on an adult and gets popped for rape. Often, these guys are not sexual sadists, they don't leave prison looking to re-offend, and the majority of them don't. But the point of the law is to protect children, it's the best we have, and it's up to parents who find themselves living close to a sex offender to look into WHAT the offense was, were the victim(s) prepubescent, to help assess the level of risk.
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        by Think on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM in reply to laura
        The point of the law is to protect children. It's a feel good law. The point of one law is to protect us from being killed. People still kill.
  • by George Location: Winterville on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    Whats happens if a school is build within 1,000ft where a sex offender has been living for a couple of years, guess he will have to move.
  • by Me Location: ENC on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    Tick of your girl friend, you may end up as a sex offender. Date a crack head, you may end up as a sex offender. Have a girl lie to you about her age,you may end up as a sex offender. Have a girl ask you for money and don't give it to her, you may end up as a sex offender. Spilt up with yoour wife, you may end up as a sex offender. The list grows.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM in reply to Me
      It's a disturbing epidemic that society has been convinced by politicians via the media that children will be "safe" because of some list. Anyone that commits a crime against a child should be punished; however, everything you stated above and so many more examples are reasons people wind up on the registry. No one can proect themselves against sex crime allegations because there is absolutely no "innocent until proven guilty" in sex offense allegations. Sadly, America feels "safer" marginalizing a group, and not realizing their group could be next, or they could be thrown in jail accused of a sex crime too because of countless reasons. People cannot defend themselves against a sex crime allegation; they are forced to take a plea or face a jury where they could be sentenced to 40 years. Horrible situation to be put in. And the law doesn't care about an accused "rights". They don't even question them. Just lock 'em up because someone said they did something. That to me is scarier than living next door to whomever.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to
        This is so true.
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      by laura on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to Me
      I completely agree- I even have a good childhood friend that is on the list because, as you've said, he and his girlfriend broke-up. I wish there was a specific list for those that commit crimes against children- why we can't have one is beyond me. There are too many men on the list- it makes it difficult to take seriously, and harder to search, and even harder still to identify those men who pose the real threat (without clicking on each name and reading their charges). I do find it pretty pointless, but I'd rather have something than nothing. Ideally though, we should have a list that specifically identifies adults who commit crimes against children. Hopefully someone will take this matter up at some point and develop an alternative that doesn't needlessly punish every person, simply because their crime happens to fall under a broad heading which includes the sickest members of our society.
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        by To Laura on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM in reply to laura
        This is part of what I'm saying. " MEN " Look it up females are up there too. Sex offenders are NOT Predators. Females,cops,politicians,a Celebrity, anyone that works justice, a mayor and the list keep going. Do not get the same time as a man will.Reality of the sex offender laws in the United States. They do not keep any child safe and they do nothing but waste money and add insane punishments to all of the non-violent sex offenders. We are a Nation of laws not freedon.
  • by Just saying on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    sexual predators and sex offenders are not the some thing.The way the laws are in North Carolina everyone is a sex offender. Its just under the laws some have been charged,some have not.Must up here don't know that.
  • by Father on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    I have kids and I'm more worried about DWI,Murder,B&E. I can look after My kids. I can't stop someone from drinking and driving or killing Me. B&E I would keep my doors locked all the time. Sex offendr laws are feel good laws. They make you feel good but don't stop anyone if they really want too.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM in reply to Father
      father knows best
  • by r on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    The police need to get on the database. You can look on a map and see where these people live and it looks like they have sex offenders living within 1000 ft of Sadie, elmhurst, rose...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    A 17 year old who has consensual sex with a 15 year old (high schoolers) can end up on the "sex offender" list. While the rule sounds good the problem is the wide variety of things that gets people on the list. Most "sex offenders" are not convicted pedophiles.
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      by Look it up on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM in reply to
      You must be more than 4 years older than someone to be convicted of a statutory sex crime. Your example is wrong.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM in reply to Look it up
        Someone needs to tell the D.A.
  • by Larry and Chris Location: Greenville NC on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    I just have to wonder, do either of you have children? Also, if you did, would you want a convicted sex offender living next door to you and being worried every time your little girl or boy played in the yard?
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      by Chris on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to Larry and Chris
      Nope , no kids. But would like to know if thieves live around me. I do have stuff that could be stolen. Only if we had a list of convicted thieves....hmmmm.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    There are several living in the apartments near Wintergreen Elementary school, too. Not within 1000 ft. but it still makes me nervous since I see very young kids waiting for the bus in that area. Parents, please check the registry for your area. Show your kids photos of the offenders living near you, or near places where they frequent (like your neighborhood park). You don't have to give details of the offenses, but make sure they know that if they see these people hanging around, they are not to speak to them, don't approach them, come home and let you know. It only takes a minute for something to happen, and it's our responsibility to do everything we can to mitigate the risks they face when they're not under our supervision.
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      by nightrain on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM in reply to laura
      I agree with everything you said. But, once again, if convicted and sentenced to death, there would be no need for a sex offender list.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to nightrain
        There also wouldn't be need of a Consitution if you can just violate it because you don't like the person living down the road.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to laura
      No parent wants their child harmed; however, your comments are baseless. Please educate yourself on how people wind up on the sex offender's registry, how often (90 - 93% of cases) pleas are taken in the US legal system, how the recidivism rate for a SO is statistically between 5 - 13%, less than any other "criminal" offense, and how innocent people's lives are very quickly ruined by lies to which they have no recourse because the bar to "prove" a sex offense was committed is virtually non-existent. I am not saying that all of the people on the registry have been put there wrongfully; however, grouping more than 700,000 people together and giving them infinite restrictions is simply ineffective and more harmful to society, including our children.
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        by laura on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM in reply to
        I agree, the registry is flawed, in fact I couldn't agree more. It's like having a registry for drug users and lumping people who smoked a joint once in with meth addicts. It's the best we have though. When you search on "sex offender recidivism", what you're going to find are statistics for offenders that fall under this very broad range of crimes- instead, you need to break it down into what the offenses were, how old were the victims, how old was the offender, and aggravating circumstances, to get to the real bottom line. Pedophiles DO NOT stop offending until 1)they're incarcerated, 2)no longer have access to children, or 3)they're dead. A very small percent will respond to therapy, but the vast majority do not. The point of the law gets lost though because we end up with most of the people on the lists being one-time offenders with circumstances that contributed to the offense (drunk, high, young, victim consents but later withdraws consent, etc). These guys aren't frequenting playgrounds or volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club- it's those that we classify as having Pedophilia that will actively look for situations that give them intimate contact with children. I'd be the first to say what we need is a specific list for those convicted of sex offenses with children- but again, what we've got is what we've got and the onus is on parents to tell the difference.
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