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Sex Offender Arrested After Being Found At Easter Egg Hunt

64-year-old James Dennis Pearson of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony sex offender illegally on premises.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. They were informed that a registered sex offender, James Pearson, was at an Easter egg hunt for children, which was a violation. Pearson was taken into custody.

Pearson is on the North Carolina sex Offender and Public Protection Registry as a result of a conviction in Burke County in February, 2024 for sexual battery. The offense was committed in June, 2023.

Following the arrest, Pearson was brought to the Burke County Jail under $10,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (April 2). A District Court date was scheduled Monday (April 1).

[Photo of Pearson courtesy of Burke County P2C website]