Convicted Laurinburg sex offender arrested for failing to register


By Terri Ferguson Smith - [email protected]



LAURINBURG — A registered sex offender has been returned to Scotland County after authorities say he left North Carolina without permission.

Kenneth Eugene Deese, 50, of Laurinburg, was picked up Friday in Volusia County, Florida by the U.S. Marshals Office, according to Capt. Mitch Johnson of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deese is accused of failing to report to probation and parole; and failure to complete the conditions of registering as a convicted sex offender. He has convictions from as far back as 1991 ranging from forgery to contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Scotland, Richmond, Cumberland and Robeson counties.

Hamlet Police Department had a warrant on Deese for forgery of an instrument, according to Lt. Randy Dover. Deese is accused of stealing and forging a check for $160.

Investigators said Deese has been missing since Oct. 31 after he cut off his ankle monitor.

“We had him entered in for the U.S. marshals to pick up because he was an absconder,” Johnson said. “He did not follow all the parameters in reference to his registration.”

Deese was convicted in Scotland County in 2013 of 10 offenses ranging from indecent liberties with a minor, to second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor; attempted felonious restraint against a minor; and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the North Carolina Offender Registry.

He was convicted in 2003 of attempted armed robbery and served three years in prison.

According to court records, Deese was also convicted in Scotland County with simple worthless checks; and failure to work after being paid. In Robeson County, Deese was convicted of failure to return rental property; communicating threats; and failure to work after being paid.

Deese is jailed in the Scotland County Detention Center under a $110,000 bond.

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By Terri Ferguson Smith

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Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

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