Routine check nets sex offender

Published 8:46 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012


A routine check resulted in the arrest of a prior sex offender who had neglected to tell officials he had moved, according to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobby Ray Boone, 58, of Benjamin Road, Chocowinity, was charged with one count of failure to report address change by sex offender and one count of sex offender residence violation, residing within 1000 feet of educational property, after a check revealed Boone’s move, according to Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

“We do routine checks on our registered offenders,” Watson said. “That’s just a proactive thing we do to make sure they are staying where they say they’re staying.”

Watson said the unannounced visits by the sheriff’s office happen more often than the law requires.

“Statute requires us to check on them twice a year,” Watson said. “We do it once a month.”

Boone was held at the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.