GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A convicted sex offender from Madison is back in jail after working as a "freelance magician" at "kid night" events across the Triad.
Kevin Pegram, 34, is charged with three counts of a being sex offender at or near a premises with children in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Statutes. He's being held in the Guilford County Jail on a $3 million secured bond.
Investigators caught on to Pegram after someone spotted him and recognized him as a sex offender, working under the alias "Angelo Colletie." They called in a tip to law enforcement and investigators followed Pegram before they collected enough evidence to arrest him Wednesday night.
Pegram is a repeat sex offender, with 21 convictions dating back to 2002, including rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child. He spent nearly 13 years in prison before he was released in 2015.
Sheriff's officials say Pegram performed at events and restaurants holding kids nights in Guilford County, Winston-Salem and Rockingham County, sometimes under additional aliases.
“He would move around, and sometimes the kids would come over to one area where he was at, sometimes he would go up to, work the tables, I presume, and would basically focus on the children, doing the acts for them, giving them balloons," said Col. Randy Power, with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
Being out in the community doesn't violate Pegram's sex offender status, but seeking out events with children does.
“Each one of them, they had kids. It was designed for kids," Power said.
FOX8 learned Pegram performs at "Family Fun Night" at Mario's Pizza in Greensboro every week. The manager said he was horrified to find out about Pegram's real identity.
“He got us under an alias, which makes it sort of tough for restaurants to be able to vet him to determine if they have a problem or not," Powers said.
This isn't the first time Pegram's pulled this stunt. Court documents show Pegram performed as a magician at Ham's Restaurant in Greensboro in 2002.
A Guilford County family filed a lawsuit against Ham's a few years later, claiming the restaurant didn't check thoroughly Pegram's background before allowing him to perform magic there. The lawsuit claim Pegram met the 12-year-old victim while performing at Ham's and coerced her into having sex. Pegram was 19 years old at the time.
That lawsuit was dismissed in 2006, but court records show Pegram was convicted of rape in that case.
Right now, there's no evidence to indicate Pegram assaulted anyone else this time around, but investigators say more charges are coming out of Guilford, Forsyth and Rockinham counties. They obtained a search warrant for his home Thursday.
“Collected all computers and any other evidence that might show us the background that would show us he is a pedophile," Powers said.