Sex offender found camping outside of elementary school

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A Boone sex offender was arrested and charged with a felonious violation of the sex offender registry law Thursday after he was found trespassing at a campsite on Hardin Park Elementary property.

Randy Dean Cribb, 59, of 275 E. King St., was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly violating the sex offender registry law by being within 300 feet of a school.

An employee of the school alerted police after finding the campsite between the school and the New Market shopping center. When police arrived, they encountered Cribb and upon further investigation, learned he was a convicted sex offender.

Cribb has a $15,000 secured bond pending and is set to appear before Watauga District Court on Nov. 23.

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