Three sex offenders charged after two-day Iredell County operation

Published 7:04 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018

STATESVILLE — Three sex offenders and another man were charged in a two-day operation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Offender Unit and other state and federal agencies.

Operation Purge, conducted Aug. 13-14, was designed to verify the addresses of registered sex offenders in Iredell County.

The operation was conducted with the U.S. Marshals Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Three multi-agency teams spanned out across Iredell County to look for sex offender registration violations, illegal narcotics and probation violations.

Those who were charged as a result of Operation Purge are:

• Amanda Lee Flowers, 27, of the 1900 block of Rayon Street, Statesville, felony probation violation.

Flowers has been on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry since 2010 after a conviction on charges of kidnapping and incest. She was not issued a bond.

• Devin Emanuel Rankin, 24, of the 200 block of North Lackey Street, Statesville, felony probation violation, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rankin has been on the Sex Offender Registry since 2013 on convictions of indecent liberties with a minor. He was not issued a bond.

John Henry Strickland, 69, of the 1900 block of East Cloninger Avenue, Statesville, was arrested for misdemeanor probation violation and a weapons offense.

Strickland has been on the Sex Offender Registry since July and on six charges of indecent liberties with a minor. He was issued a $60,000 secured bond.

Davion Sincere Rankin, 17, of the 200 block of North Lackey Street, Statesville, was arrested during the operation on outstanding warrants for two counts of failure to appear in court. He is not a registered sex offender. He was issued a $76,000 secured bond.

 

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