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Originally published: 2014-06-11 13:00:02
Last modified: 2014-06-12 19:16:25

Convicted sex offender arrested in Boone

by Staff Reports

On Sunday, the Boone Police Department was called to investigate a report of a suspicious person in the area of College Place Apartments. 

According to a news release from Boone Police, officers located the suspicious person at a nearby bus stop.

He was identified as Linville Reagan Wiles, 39, of 338 Brookhollow Road, Boone.

According to BPD, the complainant allegedly reported that Wiles had been caught peeping through two different windows at College Place Apartments.

When peeping in the first window, Wiles reportedly was seen by the resident allegedly making sexual gestures at her 2 1/2 -year-old daughter.  

Wiles allegedly was confronted while looking through the second window and responded by trying to sell the person that confronted him a food stamp card, according to police.

Officers took Wiles into custody and charged him with one count of misdemeanor secret peeping and one count of felony attempting to sell food stamp card.  

Wiles was issued a $15,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 7.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, Wiles was convicted as a registered sex offender in North Carolina in December 2007.
 
According to Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, when BPD officers learned that Wiles was a convicted sex offender and that he was possibly not residing at the address that he had listed with the Watauga County Sheriff's Office as his residence, they forwarded this information to the sheriff's office.

Watauga County sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit, in conjunction with the Boone Police Department, conducted an investigation into the information provided on the status of Wiles' residence, Hagaman said in a news release.

It was discovered that on May 29, Wiles listed his address with the Watauga County Sheriff's Office as the Hospitality House and further investigation revealed that he was not residing at the Hospitality House and that he had not resided at that address since March 16.

When asked about Hospitality House's policy on registered sex offenders, Director Lynn Mason said that the organization work very closely with law enforcement and that criminal, warrant and sex offender registry background checks are conducted on all residents to ensure the safety of all residents.

"We are committed to the health, safety and welfare of all of our residents, but most especially the children that live with us," Hospitality House Director of Development Todd Carter said.

"Before a resident enters we do a criminal background check, a warrant check and a sex offender registry check. Our facility does not serve sex offenders who have an offense where the victim of the offense was under the age of 16 years at the time and/or have the restriction that they stay away from children, schools or playgrounds," Carter said.

As a result of the investigation, Wiles was charged with one count of failure to report a new address as a sex offender.

Wiles was arrested on June 10 and taken before a Watauga County magistrate where he was placed under a $25,000 bond and given a court date of July 30.