Alton Glenn Crutchley, 59, of East Bend, was arrested by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office on July 5 and charged with one felony count of sex offender use of social website.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry, Crutchley was convicted in 2005 of multiple counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. A North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using social media networking sites was part of a 2008 legislative package advocated for by N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper. The law was challenged by a sex offender in 2012 who claimed it violated his right to free speech. The N.C. Supreme Court, however, in a split decision, upheld the law in 2015.
The sheriff’s office received a call alleging Crutchley had a Facebook page and he is a registered sex offender. After an investigation, Crutchley was arrested.
Crutchley received a secured $15,000 bond with a court date of July 6.