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Orlando Dewitt
Orlando Dewitt

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a convicted sex offender suspected of targeting minors.

Orlando Dewitt, 40, was charged Nov. 28 with felony failure to register as a sex offender, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Jason Augst. He was arrested following an investigation into reports about a suspicious person targeting minors in Carolina Beach.

Augst said deputies received complaints about the suspect from local business owners. Dewitt was allegedly approaching several teens at a Carolina Beach gas station and other businesses in the area.

Dewitt was wanted on multiple sex offenses from four other states, including first-degree sexual assault of a child and sex offense against a minor female, Augst said.

According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Dewitt is registered in Wisconsin, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. He was convicted on a charge of first-degree sexual offense of a child on Nov. 8, 1993 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is reportedly an absconder from his registration status.

Dewitt was taken to the New Hanover County Jail and placed under a $100,000 secured bond.