Pinehurst Police Arrest Sex Offender
Pinehurst police arrested a registered sex offender Thursday after he was spotted at Cannon Park in the village.
Capt. Floyd Thomas said an off-duty Aberdeen police officer recognized Thomas James Brewer Jr., 30, of Southern Pines, at a youth baseball game at Cannon Park on May 12. The officer told Brewer that he wasn’t supposed to be at the game. The off-duty officer then notified Pinehurst police. Brewer had left the park by the time police arrived.
Police consulted with the probation and parole office, the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office before proceeding. State law prohibits registered sex offenders from being on the premises of, or within 300 feet of any place intended "primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors."
Police obtained a warrant and arrested him at his home and charged him with unlawfully being on a premises. He was taken to the Moore County jail and held under a $25,000 secured bond. Thomas said Monday he has a June 3 court appearance in District Court.
Thomas said that Brewer told police he was at the game to watch a friend's children play.
According to the state’s sex offender registry, Brewer was convicted of indecent liberty with a minor in 2007.
"If you're a known registered sex offender, you need to abide by your probation and parole requirements," Thomas said.
Thomas encouraged residents to be proactive about learning where sex offenders live in their area. He said they can do so by looking at North Carolina's Sex Offender Registry, and can sign up for e-mail alerts when an offender moves nearby.
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