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Sex offender was using fake name and living unregistered in Fayetteville, deputies say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) -- A Michigan sex offender was arrested after he was caught living in Fayetteville under a different name, Cumberland County officials say.

Larry Lee Smurr, who has been a registered sex offender in Michigan since September  2001, was living at  a home in the 1700 block of Slater Avenue in Fayetteville, said Lt. Sean Swain of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

"Smurr had been using the name Christopher McMath and was in possession of a counterfeit North Carolina driver's license in that name, along with a counterfeit social security card," Swain said.

Smurr was originally arrested in January 1991 by the Coldwater (Michigan) Police Department in Michigan for one count of felony sexual assault, officials said. He was convicted on June 28, 1991 with one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct-assault and he was sentenced to 180 days with 60 months of probation.

Smurr was charged again on June 14, 2001 by the Coldwater Police Department for felony sexual assault. He was convicted on September 9, 2001 with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree (person under 13) and sentenced to 8 to 15 years confinement.

Smurr was arrested on Friday for failing to register as a sex offender in Cumberland County, Swain said.

When Smurr was booked into the Cumberland County Jail his bond was set at $70,000 secured. During Smurr's first appearance, District Court Judge David Hasty raised his bond to $200,000 secured due to the flight risk, no ties to the community, and his fraudulent activity.


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