Willard | A 29-year-old convicted sex-offender faces a new felony charge after a parent spotted him on school grounds last week, officials said.
Brent Adam Murray of Watha was spotted Jan. 20 on the campus of Penderlea School, according to a statement from Detective Sgt. Scott Lawson of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.
Murray was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2005 in Duplin County, so he is prohibited from being on school property, Lawson said.
He also is forbidden from being at children’s museums, day care centers and playgrounds.
A parent notified the school’s resource officer that Murray was on campus, Lawson said. Murray was arrested following a sheriff’s office investigation into the accusation.
Murray does not have a child at the school, Lawson said.
Murray was being held Wednesday in the Pender County jail on a $20,000 bond.
The Penderlea School in Willard has children in kindergarten through the eighth grades.
Lawson said the case is an example of the community and law enforcement working together.
“It takes more than just law enforcement officers to keep our kids safe,” Lawson said. “This should be a wake-up call to school administrators and parents who are on and off campuses to keep an eye out.”
– David Reynolds