Sex offender arrested after visiting elementary school in Gibsonville

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James Calvin Mitchell, 35, of Gibsonville

GIBSONVILLE, N.C. – A registered sex offender has been arrested for being at Gibsonville Elementary School.

The Gibsonville Police Department arrested James Calvin Mitchell, 35, of Gibsonville, on Tuesday for being a sex offender and unlawfully on premises.

Police said in a statement Tuesday they began their investigation two weeks ago after parents and school’s staff became concerned Mitchell had been in the school and on the property.

Parents say they should have been made aware from the very beginning.

“There should have been something said to parents to make them aware,” said parent Gregory Mack who has a child attend Gibsonville Elementary. “The community needs to be made aware especially in the school areas if a certain person is not supposed to be there.”

Investigators set up surveillance around the area and were able to see the suspect in the parking area in front of the elementary school on Tuesday.

Police stopped the suspect after he left the school and arrested him. He was jailed under a $5,000 bond in Guilford County.

“Gibsonville Elementary is grateful for the quick and appropriate action taken by law enforcement in this case,” said Principal Jessica Bohn in a statement. “At no point was this person in contact with any student while on our campus today.”

But parents want to know why they were the last to know.

“We got a phone call [Tuesday night] … that’s the first time I heard about it,” said parent Robert Leslie. “I should have known about it, about two weeks ago. To me this is unacceptable.”

The suspect originally registered as a sex offender after a 2002 conviction of indecent liberties with a minor. He was 20 and the victim was 15.