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Sheriff nabs six sex offenders for alleged registration lapses

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The office of Alamance County’s sheriff has arrested a half dozen convicted sex offenders for a range of registration violations that, in some cases, include a complete failure to report their names and addresses to the authorities.

Among the more noteworthy suspects that the sheriff’s office has pursued is a former Alamance County resident named Randy Dewayne Turk.

Randy Dewayne Turk

According to the sheriff’s office, Turk had utterly neglected to register his home address when he completed a prison stint for sexual assault in July of 2017. The sheriff’s office notes that it wasn’t until July 20 of this year that the authorities finally caught up with the 51-year-old white male. By then, Turk was reportedly living in an apartment at 232 West Market Street in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, where he was arrested on an outstanding charge of sexual assault filed by Burlington’s police department.

The sheriff’s office reports that Turk currently faces seven felony charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Alamance County. He has been placed under a $50,000 bond since his arrest.

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In the midst of Turk’s reluctant return to Alamance County, the sheriff’s office has also received information about alleged registration lapses by several convicted sex offenders.

On July 28, the sheriff’s special victims unit reportedly received tips about three such individuals. These suspects include Wayne Darnell Bumpers, a 75-year-old black male of 3056 Bellemont-Mt. Hermon Road, Burlington; Charlie Earl Thrift, a 48-year-old white male of 2201 Burch Bridge Road, Burlington; and Randy Ortiz Gonzalez, a 29-year-old white male of 315 Carden Street, Burlington.

Wayne Darnell Bumpers
Charlie Earl Thrift
Randy Ortiz Gonzalez

According to the sheriff’s office, Bumpers and Gonzalez were both taken into custody on August 1 for allegedly failing to personally deliver a certification letter to the agency’s headquarters as required under state law. Meanwhile, Thrift was apprehended on August 3 for allegedly missing a 10-day deadline to register at the sheriff’s office after moving from Cleveland County in May of 2022. Each of these three individuals faces a single felony count of failing to register and has been placed under a $30,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office has also filed the same felony charge against Patrick Erin McComb, a 29-year-old white male from 405 Walker Avenue in Graham. Deputies reportedly took McComb into custody on August 3 – two days after the sheriff’s special victim’s unit learned that he had apparently failed to register two social media identifiers as required by law. McComb has been placed under a $2,500 bond since his arrest.

Patrick Erin McComb

A somewhat more peculiar case concerns another convicted sex offender named Richard Clay Foreman. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies visited Foreman’s mobile home at 3437 Shepherd Road, Elon on August 1 in order to verify his registration.

Richard Clay Foreman

The 36-year-old black male was reportedly nowhere to be found at the time. Since then, the sheriff’s office learned that Foreman had been incarcerated in Person County, where it proceeded to serve him with two felony counts for failing to register. Foreman has reportedly received a bond of $35,000 for these charges.

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