Pender Co. arrests: Lee Evans Ennis (left) Vernon Eric Spencer (right) (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office and NC Sex Offender Registry)
Onslow Co. arrests: Roy Lee Spicer (left) Stephen Craig Gentry (middle) John Chadwick Spencer (right) (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office and NC Sex Offender Registry)
PENDER/ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
Two people from Pender County were arrested Tuesday morning during Operation Valor, a collaborative, multi-agency effort to check if registered sex offenders were in compliance with North Carolina guidelines.
Operation Valor, the first of its kind in this part of North Carolina, was conducted Tuesday by approximately 70 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Pender County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Division of Adult Supervision, Jacksonville Police Department, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Authorities visited the homes of 365 registered sex offenders in Pender and Onslow counties and arrested five individuals.
Vernon Eric Spencer, 44, was arrested in Pender County for possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substances, felony probation violation and DWI.
Lee Evans Ennis, 32, was arrested in Pender County for felony probation violation and possession of cocaine and marijuana.
Roy Lee Spicer, 51, was arrested in Allegheny County, PA for failure to notify authorities of his change of address.
Stephen Craig Gentry, 31, arrested in Onslow County for probation violation. Authorities also discovered child pornography at his residence. Additional charges may be pending.
John Chadwick Spencer, 21, arrested in Onslow County and charged with probation violation.
As a result of this operation, an additional three cases have opened up in Pender County and 20 cases in Onslow County with potential sex offender registry violations. Additional charges could be forthcoming from those cases.
"Operation Valor was a success because of the collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement partners and their efforts in working together toward the betterment of the communities of Eastern North Carolina," said Scott J. Parker, United States Marshal.
"The goal of this operation was to send a clear message to the offenders, that law enforcement is present and active in their communities and committed to ensuring that the children of Onslow and Pender Counties are protected from registered sex offenders,"Parker said.
July 27, 2006, the U.S. Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. This legislation is aimed at sex offenders who fail to comply with state law by moving from state to state and fail to notify the required authorities of their current location.
Prior to this federal law, such sex offenders could easily move to new communities undetected, where they were less likely to be recognized and therefore more readily able to re-offend on unsuspecting victims and their families.