A Goldsboro man who was recently released from prison was arrested on Dec. 20 for violating sex offender registry rules by unlawfully being on the premises of the W.A. Foster Recreation Center.

Earl Thomas McLean, 39, of Workman Street, was arrested after his ankle bracelet monitoring device showed that on Dec. 17 he went to the W.A. Foster Recreation Center, one of the city’s larger recreation sites, on South John Street, for about six minutes, in violation of North Carolina sex offender registry rules, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports.

He was charged with felony sex offender unlawfully on premises and a probation violation. He was taken to a county magistrate and received a $5,000 secured bond.

“Anyone who is on the sex offender registry is given clear instructions about where they can go and can’t go,” said Maj. Richard Lewis, with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis said the W.A. Foster Center is one of the places someone on the sex offender registry is not permitted to visit because the registry is intended to protect children.

McLean was added to the sex offender registry in 2013 after he was convicted for second-degree rape in November 2013, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

He served just over four years of his 11-year prison sentence before being released on April 11, 2018. He was imprisoned again on Sept. 8 for a parole violation, and was released on Dec. 7, according to DPS.

He is listed as an aggravated sex offender and will remain on the sex offender registry for life, according to the State Bureau of Investigation’s registry.

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