Sex offender turns himself in, removed from most-wanted list

Published 10:40 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019

SALISBURY — A registered sex offender who was on the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office’s most-wanted list has turned himself in, officials said.

Brian Harold Cooper, 54, turned himself in Monday and was charged with felony failure to notify authorities of an address change by a registered sex offender.

He was issued a $1,000 secured bond and was released from the Rowan County Detention Center. He also was removed from the most-wanted list.

Cooper was released from prison in April after being convicted of sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping in the 2014 attempted rape of a real estate agent who was showing him a home.

He sexually assaulted the woman and held her at knifepoint. She called her office and gave a code word. She was able to escape from Cooper when the two went to another home that was on the market.

Cooper has a number of previous misdemeanor convictions including assault on a female, communicating threats and making harassing phone calls. He was convicted in 2005 of felony second-degree kidnapping. In December 2004, when Cooper was 40, he was arrested after he held his ex-girlfriend hostage at knifepoint inside her home.

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