High Point tutor charged with sex offense with child had prior indecent liberties conviction

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A self-employed math tutor of children was arrested on Friday for alleged sex offenses with a minor, police said Monday.

Robert James Harris, 68, of High Point, is charged with statutory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a minor.

Police said the nature of Harris’ employment allowed him contact with children in the Piedmont Triad area. Parents whose children had contact with Harris and have any suspicions or concerns are asked to call the High Point Police Department.

The High Point Police Department requests that parents limit the questioning of their children about contact with Harris before consulting with investigators.

Harris was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 1987 in Pasquotank County. Police explained Harris isn't currently on the sex offender registry because it didn't start until the mid-90s. The previous conviction is listed on the State Department of Corrections website. 

Officials in Pasquotank County could not immediately find and provide information to FOX8 on the 1987 conviction. An investigation in High Point is ongoing.

Harris was jailed under a $1 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled in High Point for October 2, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Lt. Kevin Ray or Lt. Tracy Perry at (336) 887-7830. You can also reach out to the Hope House Child Advocacy Center in High Point at (336) 641-3795.