On February 26, 2019, Howard Maurice Harris of Carthage, North Carolina, a registered sex offender, was arrested by the Pinehurst Police Department.
Officers from the Pinehurst Police Department responded to a call that Harris had been entering a business repeatedly, whistling at and heckling female employees. Upon further investigation, the Pinehurst Police Department learned that Harris is a registered sex offender. Harris was arrested on-site due to the fact that he was 216 feet from a daycare facility, a violation of GS 14-208.18 which states that registered sex offenders may not be “within 300 feet of any location intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors”.
Harris is being held under a $15,000 secured bond at the Moore County Detention Center.
This is a continuing investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Pinehurst Police Department’s main line at 910-295-3141 or the tip line at 910-420-1654.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.