Sex offender arrested for attending county fair

Published 3:46 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2022

From Pitt County Sheriff's Office

Pitt County, NC – On September 26, 2022, detectives with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit discovered that a registered sex offender may have been at the American Legion Fair that was recently held in Pitt County.

Eddie D. Gay (Pitt County Sheriff’s Office)

During the resulting investigation, it was determined that 44-year-old Eddie D. Gay of Greenville, who is a registered sex offender in Pitt County, did attend the American Legion Fair.  Gay entered the fair on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5:06 PM and remained on the premises until departing at 6:36 PM.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Gay’s arrest, charging him with one felony count of Sex Offender/Child Premises, NCGS 14-208.18(A).  Gay was arrested on Monday, September 26, and transported to the Pitt County Detention Center.  He appeared before a Magistrate who set a bond at $5,000 secured.  He was released after posting bond.

This is believed to be an isolated incident with no threat to the public occurring during the time of violation.