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Sex offender arrested on Supply Elementary campus

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By Sam Hickman

 A registered sex offender was arrested Monday, April 14, at Supply Elementary School.

James Travis Fowler, 42, of Columbus County, was arrested and charged with violating terms of being a registered sex offender by being on school property, which is a felony, warrants allege.

Fowler tried to attend an awards ceremony at the school that day but the school’s electronic visitor verification system alerted officials to his status as a sex offender, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

Fowler was arrested by Supply’s school resource officer.

“All visitors are required to check in at the main office of a public school building,” Swencki said. “Visitors who check into the offices in Brunswick County schools are required to sign in through an electronic verification system. The Ident-A-Kid system then logs visitors in and out, provides them a temporary identification sticker and scans their driver’s license or other state identification card in order to cross-reference the national sex offender database.”

Fowler was released on $5,000 bail from the Brunswick County Detention Facility the same day he was arrested.

Fowler registered as a sex offender in 2013 for an out-of-state conviction in 2007. He is required to be registered for 10 years.

“This visitor management system, in addition to many other aspects of a comprehensive safety and security program, is evidence of Brunswick County School’s commitment to the safety and security of all students and staff,” Swencki said.

 

Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.