Darrin Eugene Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Kidnapped and Murdered girl

A transient sex offender was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the murder of a teenage girl whose body was discovered in an overgrown field over the weekend.

Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 13-year-old Alycia D. Nipp (pictured below), a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student.

Nipp’s stepfather discovered her body around 2:30 a.m. Sunday while he was out searching for her after she had been reported missing. Nipp had been stabbed multiple times and police believe her body was dragged to a wooded area and left there. All of her clothing was found intact.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford is one of a number of transient sex offenders living in the Hazel Dell area and was known to frequent an abandoned house in the vicinity of the murder. Other details connecting him to the murder were not released.

Sanford is a Level III registered sex offender, which means he was identified as a sex offender who could pose a potential high risk to the community and who might re-offend.

Sanford was convicted in 1998 for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of luring with sexual motivation. Details about that case can be found on Sanford’s Registered Sex Offender Detail Sheet.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows of Sanford’s whereabouts over the weekend. If you have information, call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-877-274-6311.

Sanford has been booked into the Clark County Jail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Daniel Carl Sherwin – Repeat Sex Offender – 60 year sentence

An Elizabeth City man was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in November to two counts of manufacturing child pornography.

Daniel Carl Sherwin, 30, was sentenced to the term by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

Sherwin, a registered sex offender with a previous history of sex crimes against minors, came to federal law enforcement officials’ attention, Holding said, after FBI agents based in Philadelphia learned that child pornography was being posted on Flickr, the online photo-sharing site.

An investigation revealed that Sherwin was participating in an online group that posted sexually explicit photos of children, the release states. FBI agents later found at least 22 images of child pornography, including images that depicted young children engaged in sexual acts, on Sherwin’s computer.

Investigators also found evidence that Sherwin himself had taken sexually explicit photos of two infant children.

Sherwin was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2008 and he pleaded guilty to two charges of manufacturing pornography three months later, the release states.

Prior to moving to Elizabeth City, Sherwin had been convicted in Utah in 2003 of eight counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sherwin was prosecuted under the federal Project Safe Childhood program, the release states. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Exum prosecuted the case for the government.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte