A convicted McDowell County sex offender has been arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes.
Alvin Lewis Pack, 33, of Old Fort, is charged with solicitation by computer, sex offender registry violation and first-degree forcible sex offense.
Detectives with the McDowell County Sheriff's Office say Pack, a registered sex offender, had multiple social media accounts. He opened them with email addresses he had not disclosed to the Sheriff’s Office, which is a violation of the state registry law.
"They're allowed to have email addresses just for that, if they need to apply for jobs if they need to buy something online, whatever, they have a way to do that," said Richelle Bailey with the McDowell County Sheriff's Office.
The Supreme Court also struck down a North Carolina law that prevented sex offenders from operating social media accounts like Facebook. Now, they are able to, which Bailey says is a bad idea.
"I think it is going to cause a problem eventually," she said. "This just gives them an out and a way to do it and possibly not get caught."
In a press release, officials said, on June 30, using one of those social media accounts, Pack lured what he believed to be a 15-year-old boy to a meeting place.
The teenager was actually an undercover detective with the Sheriff’s Office.
It is also alleged that, in July 2016, Pack forcibly sexually assaulted a 23-year-old male acquaintance.
Pack was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in Buncombe County in March 2010 and was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison.
He was convicted of the same sex crime in McDowell County in January 2011 and was sentenced to 36 months of probation. He registered as a sex offender on Jan. 7, 2011.