• Officers: Registered sex offender found touching self in public on Halloween

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A registered sex offender found himself back in trouble with the law.

    Officers said he was touching himself in public just seconds after leaving a meeting for sex offenders on Halloween.

    Police said Cedrick Wilson picked the wrong time and wrong place to do the wrong thing.

    There were about 25 officers at the meeting with registered sex offenders on Thursday night, and one of them allegedly saw Wilson with his hands in his pants as he walked away.

    Wilson told the judge he didn't need an attorney to defend himself from accusations that he fondled himself on Friday night outside of the courthouse.

    Wilson wanted the case heard immediately, but the judge decided not to do that after he learned Wilson was a registered sex offender on probation for kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl.

    Wilson was in a group of 97 registered sex offenders called to a mandatory meeting at the Gaston County Courthouse on Thursday night.

    While children were out trick-or-treating, those men were meeting with officers.

    Police said after that meeting, Wilson walked outside and appeared to be fondling himself in the parking lot right beside the sheriff's office.

    The sheriff was one of the speakers at the meeting.

    "This individual obviously doesn't have any respect for himself or others and it's disheartening," said Sheriff Alan Cloninger.

    He said nothing like this has ever happened in the eight years his department has held Halloween meetings with sex offenders.

    "I can't tell you why an individual would do something of that nature," said Cloninger.

    The judge said the new charges against Wilson are misdemeanors.

    The judge lowered the bond from $25,000 to $2,500

    Wilson has to stay in jail until the court decides if the new charges are a violation of his probation and if he must now go to prison.

    Deputies who track sex offenders said they hadn't had any problems from Wilson until Thursday night.

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