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New email account prompts arrest of sex offender

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Lincoln County sex offender was placed behind bars last week after failing to tell authorities that he had an email account.
William Travis Evans, 37, of 3536 East Highway 27, located in the eastern part of the county in the Ironton township, was allegedly using the account to access an adult website to meet women, deputies said.
According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Evans was charged with one-count of failure to report online identifier by a sex offender after admitting to authorities at his residence that he did have the account.
Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement officials of any sort of email address, instant message screen name or other online user ID or “Internet communication name,” deputies said.
In 2007, A Buncombe County judge sentenced Evans to three years probation for using a computer to solicit a child to commit unlawful sex acts, according to the North Carolina Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender website.
Sheriff David Carpenter noted in a department press release that his concern for the number of registered sex offenders in the county has forced him and his staff to closely monitor such individuals at all times.
Evans’ laptop, which was seized from his home, has been sent to the Iredell County crime lab where authorities will determine if he had any additional email accounts or accessed other Internet sites.
Evans has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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