Man featured on ‘To Catch a Predator’ arrested at NC school
SUPPLY, N.C. – A registered sex offender who was featured on an episode of “To Catch a Predator” has been caught at a North Carolina elementary school.
WECT reported that 41-year-old James Travis Fowler was arrested Monday for trying to attend an awards ceremony at Supply Elementary in Brunswick County.
Fowler was reportedly at the school with a friend who has a child at the school.
It’s a felony for registered sex offenders to come onto a school property, according to Jessica Swencki with Brunswick County Schools.
Fowler was featured on NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” in 2007 for driving nearly two hours to meet a girl he thought was 13.
The show featured adults who impersonated children online and set up meetings with adult strangers in real life. The potential “predators” were then handed over to law enforcement.
Fowler was convicted of that crime in 2009. He reportedly admitted to being arrested for a similar offense in 1995.
Officials with Brunswick County schools said the school’s security system alerted them to Fowler. The security system requires visitors to scan their licenses.
“It was a little mind blowing that someone would actually do this, and perhaps they didn’t understand the sophistication we had as far as our system,” Swencki said.
Under certain circumstances, registered sex offenders may be able to attend activities with special permission from a school’s principal, according to officials.
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