SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON FOR 34 TO 60 MONTHS

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BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court this week, ARTHUR BARNARD, 50, of Alliance, was convicted upon a guilty plea to charges arising out of his status as a registered sex offender, and he was sentenced to a prison term of 34 to 60 months. Superior Court Judge Will Bland presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins.

Barnard is a convicted sex offender, having been convicted in the State of New Hampshire in 1991. He relocated to live in Pamlico County, and reported his residence address as being on NC Highway 306. Later, however, he moved from that address and did not report that change to the Sheriff’s Office. He also failed to return his annual address verification form to the Sheriff’s Office, as required by law. Each of these actions constituted a separate felony offense.


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Barnard pled guilty to one count of Failing to Report an Address Change by Sex Offender, and one count of Failing to Return Address Verification Letter for Sex Offender. Judge Bland sentenced Barnard to back-to-back sentences of 17 to 30 months each, totaling 34 to 60 months. Upon his release from prison, Barnard will still be subject to the registration requirements of North Carolina’s sex offender program.

The case was investigated and prepared for trial by Lt. Wade Sawyer with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.