In November, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry Detective received a call from a United States Federal Probation Officer advising that a social media identifier had been located for Joseph James Ptacin and inquired if he had registered that online identifier with Randolph County Sheriff's Office, which he had not. They continued to monitor his accounts and located additional activity. By the NC Sex offender laws, any online identifier that an offender uses or intends to use must be reported in person within 10 days of creating a new identifier or changing an identifier. A warrant was sought for failure to register online identifiers and the magistrate found probable cause to issue.
Ptacin was convicted of possession of child pornography on March 30, 2011, by the US Federal Court System. These convictions placed Ptacin on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
On December 14, 2022, Ptacin turned himself in at the magistrate’s office in Asheboro. Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry Detective met him at this location and served him his warrant for arrest. The magistrate issued a $150,000 unsecured bond and set a first appearance for December 16, 2022, in Randolph County District Court.
Name of Defendant:
Joseph James Ptacin