Four sentenced for violations of sex offense laws

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

Anthony was arrested while living with his girlfriend, but was still reporting his address at another location. He claimed that since he received his mail at the old address, he was still in compliance.

W. Heckman, an investigator in the case, told the court, “I get my mail at the post office, but that doesn’t mean I live there,” Thomas said.

Anthony was sentenced to prison for 20 to 33 months.

Bunting and Anthony were charged as a result of Operation Infinite Justice, a joint law enforcement operation that took place in March. The U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with North Carolina Community Corrections (probation) officers, and the Carteret, Craven and Jones County Sheriff’s Offices, participated in a sweep to verify the compliance of 229 sex offenders in these three counties with the sex offender registry and residence laws.

Johnson was convicted of two counts of violating the sex offender registry laws: one count of failing to change or verify address, and residence violation by sex offender.

The investigation, led by the Craven County Sheriff’s office, revealed that Johnson, who had previously been convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, was required to comply with the sex offender registry laws of North Carolina. But he changed his address in April, 2013, and did not immediately return his address verification letter. It was further found that Johnson was in fact living at an address near a daycare center, in violation of the residency requirements, Thomas said.

Johnson was sentenced to 26 to 41 months in prison.

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