WADESBORO — A registered child sex offender wanted on a sex charge in Asheboro has been arrested in Florida after missing his Anson County court date.
George Walter Bergman III, 32, was due to appear in an Anson County court May 9 on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. When Bergman did not appear in court, the judge issued an order for his arrest.
Bergman, of Morven, was found in New Port Richey, Florida, and arrested on a fugitive warrant Feb. 26. New Port Richey is about 35 miles north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Bergman was released pending extradition to the Randolph County Jail on March 14.
Police said Bergman was also wanted in the city of Asheboro for a child sex offense.
“We got a call for service from a resident in Asheboro to report a sexual offense,” Asheboro police Maj. Jim Smith said. “It’s our understanding that he was at the residence to do renovation-type work. At some point there was some interaction between him and a juvenile, and the mother called the police. By the time we got there, he was gone, but we developed probable cause.”
Bergman was booked into the Randolph County Jail on March 15.
In Asheboro, Bergman is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, one count of first-degree sex offense with a child and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to Smith. These charges stem from incidents that allegedly occured in February. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
The Anson County order for his arrest on a charge of failure to appear in court was served in Randolph County on May 19, according to Jane Brown, an Anson County court clerk. He has a $15,000 bail in Anson.
After he is dealt with in Randolph County, Bergman will be brought to Anson for court proceedings, officials said.