CHARLOTTE (AP) — Authorities in Lincoln County say a registered sex offender has been arrested for attending church.
The Charlotte Observer reported that 38-year-old James Dwight Bandy of Newton was arrested this week on charges of being a sex offender at or near child premises.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said detectives were contacted earlier this month by Catawba County sheriff’s deputies who said Bandy had been instructed not to be within 300 feet of children’s classes.
Instead, investigators said Bandy attended worship services and also went to Sunday school class on successive Sundays at a Lincolnton church.
Deputies say that put Bandy within 300 feet of the church’s daycare and children’s Sunday school classes. He was arrested Wednesday and released on $5,000 bond.