Woman arrested for failing to register

Murphy, NC (WDEF) – Cherokee County Sheriff, Derrick Palmer, announced the January 25 2017 arrest of 40-year-old, Beth Ann Scearce,,who listed a Marble North Carolina address. Scearce’s arrest was for failing to register with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as a convicted sex offender.

In August of 2016, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a report that Scearce was a resident in Cherokee County, North Carolina, and that she had not registered with the Sheriff’s Office as she was required to do.

During the investigation information became known that Scearce was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape in Lauderdale County, Tennessee Superior Court on or about February 2014. Pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Laws of Tennessee, Scearce’s conviction required her to register as a sex offender.

Scearce was arrested and brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center. She was released on January 26, 2017 after making a $5,000 secure bond.

“My office is committed to protecting the community, including ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Sex Offender Registry. As always the community’s awareness of individuals helps us do our jobs,” said Sheriff Palmer, “In the particular instance, aware citizens made complaint with SROs, who worked in conjunction with our office.”

Scearce is expected to be in Cherokee County Superior Court on February 27, 2017.

Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information to report it.

*Photo by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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