North Carolina sex offender accused of trying to enter preschool

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James Kenneth Sackett, 51, of Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina sex offender is accused of trying to enter a preschool and day care center.

WSOC reported that 51-year-old James Kenneth Sackett has been charged with being a sex offender who was unlawfully on the premises of a school.

The suspect is accused of trying to enter the Hickory Grove Preschool and Daycare in Charlotte on Monday morning.

Police said Sackett was recognized by staff members as a resident of a nearby transitional residence for sex offenders and they immediately notified their security.

The North Carolina sex offender registry listed the suspect’s address as a group home for sex offenders in Charlotte.

The suspect did not gain access to the school and did not make contact with any children, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. He was arrested and taken to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect was convicted of various sexual offenses that occurred in 1998, including indecent liberties with a minor, according to the sex offender registry.