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Two sex offenders on the run now back in custody

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Phillip Berryman, left, and Stephen Aydelotte, right. Phillip Berryman, left, and Stephen Aydelotte, right.

Two registered sex offenders are back in jail, one for failing to notify the sheriff about a change of address, the other for living within 1,000 feet of a child care center, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies had been searching for Phillip Larry Berryman, 48, since last month.  Berryman is now being held under $100,000 and is charged with a sex offender residence violation for living too close to a child care center. Berryman was jailed on the same failure to register charge in 2008 and 2006. His original conviction on a sex crime occurred in 2005 when he was convicted for taking indecent liberties with a child.

Warrants had issued for Berryman in June when deputies discovered that he was living near the Salisbury Child Care and Fine Arts Center, on Standish Street in Salisbury.

North Carolina General Statute 14-208.16(a) prohibits a sex offender from residing within 1,000 feet of the property, on which any public or non-public school or child care is located.

After the warrant was issued, Berryman fled the area.  The United States Marshals Office was notified and the sheriff's office requested their assistance in locating Berryman. The USMS was able to locate Berryman in an area south of Wadesboro in Anson County. 

Berryman was taken in front of Anson County Magistrate M. Harris. Magistrate Harris ordered him held in the Anson County Detention Center pending transportation back to Rowan County. 

He was given a $100,000 secured bond along with $10,000 for a probation violation.

Stephen Paul Aydelotte, 43, of Salisbury is charged with failure to register as a Sex Offender and 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Aydolette is a registered sex offender in Utah for the crime of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor. 

He moved to North Carolina from Utah in May 2012. 

Aydolette failed to notify Utah authorities of his intent to move and also failed to notify the Rowan County Sheriff's Office upon his arrival. 

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office received a call from a Salt Lake City Detective informing them that Aydelotte had moved to Salisbury. 

Since federal laws may have been violated, Rowan County authorities contacted the USMS for assistance. 

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office and the USMS watched the South Shaver Street house for a few days.  It was later determined that Salisbury Police investigated a disturbance at Aydelotte's home on July 10, 2013. 

With the help of Salisbury Police Department and the United States Marshals Service, deputies were able to locate and arrest Aydelotte without incident. 

In talking with Aydelotte at the home, investigators located a cell phone.  Aydelotte provided consent to look at the contents of the phone. 

In an app titled "Gallery" investigators found a file titled "KIK".  "KIK" is a messaging service for smart phones that allows the user to transmit text messages, as well as photographs. 

In the "KIK" file were two pictures.  One picture was that of a nude female deemed to be "Age Difficult".  The other picture was of a nude female and male that was deemed "Child Notable".  Aydelotte's was issued a $2,500 secured bond for the failure to register and $10,000 secured bond for 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  
Rowan County Sheriff's Office Detective J. Lombard is a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.  According to Detective Lombard, "Age Difficult" is the category used for images of teenagers or young adults, however, task force members have considered the age of the person depicted as difficult to determine based on physical characteristics.  Generally 16-20 year olds are in this category, unless a known victim has been identified and reclassified appropriately.

 "Child Notable" is the category used for images of child pornography of known victims, or images reviewed by ICAC task force members and deemed to contain images or videos of children involved in sexual acts or displayed in lewd or lascivious manner.

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