SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED ON NEW CHARGES IN ELIZABETHTOWN
A Bladen County man was arrested Tuesday on new child sex charges.
Sheriff James A. McVicker says 35-year-old William Bryan Clark of Elizabethtown was arrested andcharged with Disseminating Obscenity to a Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and IndecentLiberties with a Child.
“My deputies began investigating this case in early June and were able to obtain enoughevidence to satisfy the elements of these crimes and make an arrest today,” said McVicker.“This individual was previously arrested in April of this year by the North Carolina StateBureau of Investigation on a charge of Indecent Liberties With a Minor. The circumstances of thefirst arrest and our investigation involved the use of Facebook, Instagram and other electronicaccounts. Clark was out of jail on bond pending trial when this most recent incident came tolight.”
Clark was placed under a one million dollar secured bond pending a first appearance hearingWednesday.
Sheriff McVicker used this case as an example of the need for parents to monitor theirchildren’s electronic media accounts to include Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat and others.“A parent found this activity on their child’s account and came forward with theirconcerns. I would urge all parents to be vigilant when it comes to monitoring your children’saccess to the internet. There are predators out there and parents have to look closely at“friends”. Many times these predators will create totally false identities to luretheir prey.”
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