office checks registered sex offenders, arrests one in Buxton
On Tuesday, Feb. 15, deputies and investigators with the Dare County
Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation RAVEN, which is an acronym for
Random Address Verification Enforcement. This operation was
intended to verify the addresses, appearance changes, and statutory
compliance of the registered sex offenders in Dare County.
This operation, headed by Sheriff’s Office CID Sergeant Scott
Rodriguez, involved 14 deputies divided into teams, who in turn, were
sent to the residences of all of the registered sex offenders on file
at the Sheriff’s Office.
Addresses and other statutorily required information were checked, and
There was one arrest made and several other offenses that were
discovered are currently under investigation.
Arrested was Howard Levi Gavin, 43, of Dippin Vat Road in Buxton. He
was charged with communicating on a social networking site by a
registered sex offender and released on $5,000 bond.
“The registration and monitoring of convicted sex offenders is an
important part of what the Dare County Sheriff’s Office does,” said
Sheriff Doug Doughtie. “Other than registration, there are many other
activities that the law prohibits or activities that are monitored by
law enforcement. It is necessary that our office be proactive
the duties proscribed to us by law, so that the public can enjoy a high
level of safety from possible re-offense by a registrant.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Justice website, there
are 45 registered sex offenders in Dare County – four of them on
For more information or to search the sex offender registry, go to http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/results.aspx.
Citizens or visitors who have a problem and want to offer information,
can call the Sheriff’s Office at 252-475-5980.
For more information on the sex offender registration statute, go to: