A Pilot Mountain man who already was a registered sex offender has been charged with an alleged crime involving a juvenile in connection with a weekend incident at a Mount Airy flea market.
William Keith Roberts, 57, who is listed with an address on N.C. 268-East, is being held in the Surry County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond, according to the Mount Airy Police Department.
Roberts is charged with a first-degree sex offense against a child, who police say is 7 years old.
The arrest occurred after city officers responded to Bonnie Lou’s Flea Market on Carter Street in reference to a possible sexual assault. It was reported to have involved the juvenile, although police declined to say whether the alleged victim is a boy or girl.
Roberts was charged after an investigation.
He is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Dec. 3.
The state sexual offender registry of the N.C. Department of Justice lists Roberts due to previous convictions on four counts of sexual battery. Those involved incidents in Forsyth County in 2007, 2010 and 2011, registry information shows.
Forsyth County authorities arrested Roberts in July 2011 for allegedly taking indecent liberties with children who came to Wake Forest Baptist Health for outpatient diagnostic procedures at an imaging facility, based on earlier media reports. Roberts is a former registered nurse at the hospital who later was fired, according to those reports, which indicated that inappropriate touching was involved.
Roberts was convicted of the sexual battery charges in March and placed on probation, court records show.