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Registered sexual offender charged with giving false address

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigators recently locked up a sex offender accused of not living at his registered address.
Detectives learned about the situation on Friday after Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Johnson, head of Criminal Investigations, visited the address Elvis Dwayne Setzer had registered with the Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 16, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
The 33-year-old man told deputies he was living at his father’s residence on Andy Logan Road in southwestern Lincolnton. Police told Johnson that Setzer no longer lived at his mother’s city home on Magnolia Lane, where he stayed upon his 2007 prison release until his mother died, deputies said.
As a result, deputies later located Setzer at a home on Loblolly Trail, on the county’s northeastern end, and told him to register his correct address with law enforcement officials. Shortly after, Setzer registered his father’s address with the Sheriff’s Office.
The property owner told Johnson during his visit last week that Setzer had not lived at his father’s home in nearly a decade, the release said.
Johnson’s visit was part of a new Sheriff’s Office initiative to ensure the county’s more than 100 registered sex offenders are residing at their listed addresses.
Setzer remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond for one felony count of failure to notify change of address of a sex offender.
He spent nearly two years in state prison for indecent liberties with a child in Lincoln County, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Setzer was additionally convicted of felony forgery in the county in 2005.

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