BURGAW, NC (WECT) – A Castle Hayne resident is facing charges, accused with committing sex crimes in Pender County.
35-year-old Randall Knodle Bryant, a registered sex offender, is charged with second degree kidnapping, statutory rape, and indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Scott Lawson said Bryant was charged with similar crimes in Ohio, and was still on probation at the time of Thursday night’s arrest.
According to Lawson, Bryant tried to solicit sex from a 15-year-old boy near a bus stop in Hampstead. The boy refused and immediately told his mother.
“I’m really angry, to be quite honest with you,” said the teen’s mother. “I just think our children are innocent, and they need to be protected.”
His mother also said she is talking with her son about the incident regularly to make sure he knows it was not his fault. She is urging parents to talk to their children as often as possible and to always ask questions.
She said the situation could have been much worse, but it has shaken up the family and plan to move to another home.
Bryant showed little emotion as Detective Lawson silently escorted him inside the jail in handcuffs on Thursday night.
He is being held in the Pender County jail under a $1 million bond.