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Man charged with multiple sex crimes with a child in Kernersville arrested in Florida

Michael Todd Pegram

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A man charged with multiple sex crimes with a child in Kernersville has been arrested in Florida, according to a press release.

An investigation into Michael Todd Pegram began in May.

On Nov. 8, Pegram was arrested in Osceola County and charged with nine counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of first-degree sex offense and attempted first-degree sex offense. The charges stem from incidents that happened from January 1991 through December 1996.

On Wednesday, Pegram appeared in an Osceola County courtroom and signed a waiver, waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

He is currently awaiting extradition back to Forsyth County.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina confirmed Thursday afternoon that Pegram was employed at the Kernersville Family YMCA from 1988 until 2002.

“We were recently made aware of this situation and take it very seriously. At this point, we are not aware of any incidents that occurred at the Y or with Y participants. The safety of children in our programs is, and always has been, our top priority,” the YMCA’s statement read, in part. “We will cooperate fully with law enforcement in this matter and encourage anyone who thinks they might have been affected to contact local authorities immediately. The Y takes extensive measures to ensure children are safe in our programs. All staff undergo full background checks, a detailed interview process, and reference check. Staff members are trained and required to follow the highest protocols in child safety. Our goal is to provide the safest environment possible for children to learn, grow and thrive.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Kernersville Police Department at (336) 996-3177.