Sex offender's trip to festival results in arrest
By William F. West
Saturday, November 17, 2018
CAMDEN — A convicted sex offender’s trip to a recent holiday craft show at a local school has landed him in jail.
Gordon Kent Scott, 55, of the 5900 block of Caratoke Highway, was arrested Nov. 3, apparently after he attended the Holly Days Festival of Gifts at Camden Intermediate School.
Camden Sheriff Rodney Meads said Scott is charged with being on school grounds while being a convicted child sex offender. According to the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, Scott was convicted in January 1996 of aggravated child molestation in Glynn County, Georgia.
According to Meads, Scott was attending the Holly Days festival at Camden Intermediate School when someone who knows him saw him and contacted the Camden Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responded and pulled over Scott’s pickup truck at the intersection of U.S. Highway 158 and Gumberry Road, Meads said.
Initially questioned by the deputy, Scott denied being a registered sex offender, Meads said.
State law prohibits registered sex offenders from being any place intended primarily for the use, care or supervision of minors. That includes, but isn't limited to, schools, children’s museums, child care centers, nurseries and playgrounds.
Scott remains confined at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $500,000 secured bond. On Friday, he appeared before Chief District Judge Edgar Barnes, who ordered him to return to court on Feb. 1.
According to court records, Scott is being represented by the Public Defender's Office.