Registered sex offender arrested for being on elementary school grounds in Iredell County

Photo Credit: Iredell County Sheriff's Office 

A registered sex offender out of Alexander County has been arrested for being on elementary school grounds in Iredell County, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. 

On Friday, Jan. 18, the Iredell County Sex Offender Registration Unit received information about John Paul Berry, 33, who is a registered sex offender, entering a school property.

Deputies responded to Celeste Henkel Elementary School Friday but were unable to locate Berry. During their investigation deputies interviewed witnesses in the area who confirmed that Berry was at the elementary school. 

An arrest warrant was taken out for Berry for felony sex offender on child premises. Authorities said Berry is registered out of Alexander County. With the assistance of Alexander County Probation, Berry was located later in Stony Point. He was taken into custody without incident.

Berry was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and issued $15,000 secured bond. 

Authorities said Berry has a lengthy criminal history including misdemeanor disorderly conduct, felony sex offender of child premises, DWI level 5, misdemeanor larceny, felony indecent liberties with a child, misdemeanor breaking and entering, and misdemeanor injury to real property.

Berry was placed on the Sex Offender Registry for a 2008 conviction of indecent liberties with a minor.