On 08/10/2020, an investigator with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Rodney Lee Willis, a North Carolina registered sex offender, was using a social media account under a fictitious name. As a condition of his Registered Sex Offender status, Willis is prohibited from maintaining a social media account without the knowledge and oversight of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
On 09/29/2020, Detectives with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, assisted by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations executed a searched warrant at Rodney Willis’s residence located at 639 US Hwy 74 Business East in Ellenboro, North Carolina.
Multiple smart phones, laptop computers, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and US Currency were seized during the execution of this search warrant.
The electronic devices will be searched under an additional search warrant due to Rodney Lee Willis’s violations of his sex offender registry requirements.
Rodney Lee Willis was arrested for Felony Failure to Inform of Any New or Change of Online Identifiers (NCGS§ 14-208.11(A)(10) and Ban Use of Commercial Networking Websites by Sex Offenders (NCGS§ 14-202.5). Willis was convicted in Cleveland County, North Carolina, on 08/04/2010 for Incest with Near Relatives (NCGS§ 14-178) and Indecent Liberty with a Minor (NCGS§ 14-202.1).
Two other individuals were arrested during the execution of the search warrant at the residence on existing, outstanding warrants.
Heather Jill Dixon was arrested on an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
Donald Christopher Willis was arrested on an outstanding failure to appear warrant.