How deputies caught 3rd sex offender at North Carolina State Fair

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Bobby Joe Snyder

Bobby Joe Snyder, 37, of Wendell is the third sex offender to be arrested at or near the State Fair this year. Snyder appeared in front of a judge at the Wake County courthouse Monday where the judge raised his bond.

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Snyder was released from prison September 9 after serving time as a sex offender. His GPS monitoring bracelet alerted his parole officer about where he was. The officer then alerted the Wake County Sheriff's Department, according to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Bobby Joe Snyder


According to Harrison, a parole officer then spotted Snyder near the fair's Kiddieland area.



Snyder is charged with being a sex offender in the place for the primary use of minors and faces up to 39 months in prison if convicted.

The charge calls for a $50,000 bond, but prosecutors asked for a more secure bond, and the judge responded by increasing it to $250,000. Snyder was also charged with violating parole and for that the judge ordered him held without bond. His next court date is set for November 16.

Sheriff Harrison said the Wake County Sheriff's Department works with parole and probation officers every year leading up to the State Fair - establishing a 3 to 5 mile perimeter from the fair that officers monitor.

According to Harrison, if a sex offender wearing a GPS monitoring device crosses the perimeter a parole or probation officer alerts the Wake County Sheriff's Department, which then sends out a description and picture of the offender to all nearby patrolling officers and State Fair employees working at the gates.

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