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Sex offender accused of failing to notify of relocation

Staff Writer

A Lincoln County sex offender charged with rape nearly a decade ago failed to register as a sex offender in Lincoln County following his move back to the area from an out-of-county residence, deputies said.
In addition, Jeremy John Howard, 32, didn’t notify law enforcement officials in Orrum, where he previously lived, of his move either, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A report noted that Howard now resides on Ivey Church Road in Lincolnton.
Deputies served him a Robeson County warrant on Friday for failing to report a change of address of a sex offender and a Lincoln County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
He is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.
Howard was convicted of second-degree rape in 2002, according to the national sex offender registry on the North Carolina Department of Justice website.
In addition, he was released from jail in January after serving more than four months behind bars for assault on a female, the N.C. Department of Correction website showed.

Howard has at least three additional felonies on his record for larceny of firearms in Lincoln County, larceny in Cleveland County and malicious conduct by a prisoner in Robeson County.

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