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Richmond County sex offender charged with being near location with children

ROCKINGHAM — A convicted sex offender is accused of being on or near a property intended for children.

According to public records, 40-year-old Christopher Wallace Fulp, of Rockingham, is charged with being a sex offender unlawfully on a premises “intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors.”

Those locations include schools, children’s museums, child care centers, nurseries and playgrounds, as well as fairgrounds, libraries, arcades, amusement parks, recreation parks and swimming pools when children are present, according to the statute.

Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from being within 300 feet of such institutions.

The warrant for Fulp’s arrest does not give any specific details of his alleged location.

Fulp was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in 2016, in relation to a crime that happened the previous year, according to the N.C. Sex Offender Registry.

Records show that, at the time, Fulp was 30 years old and the victim was 10.

Fulp registered as a sex offender on April 8, 2016 and his address was last verified on April 15 of this year. (Note: The address listed in the registry is that of the Richmond County Jail.)

His minimum registration period is for 10 years.

Jail records show Fulp was booked on May 12 and is being held on a $100,000 secured bond. His court date is scheduled for May 23.

Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show Fulp was convicted in 2021 of possession of a firearm by a felon, misuse of the 911 system and resisting a public officer. He was given probation in the two cases.

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All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Note: This article has been edited to correct the defendant’s first name. Edit made on 5/17/2024 at 11:45 pm.