Eviction fight: Campground versus sex offender

POSTED: 6:48 PM May 30 2013   UPDATED: 6:57 PM May 30 2013
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CRAVEN COUNTY -

Campers’ complaints have led a campground owner to try to evict a registered sex offender.

Keith Douglas Dixon, 42, was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 1998, records show.

He now lives at a campground off Highway 55 in the Cove City area of Craven County.

Other campers learned of Dixon’s status as a registered sex offender and threatened to leave the park if Dixon did not go first, according to the campground’s owner, Kirby Wetherington.

Four families complained, Wetherington said.

"I'm not going to lose four rentals on account of one,” Wetherington said.

There have not been any incidents at the campground that have led to the eviction process, he added.

Instead, it's a financial decision for Wetherington,

Dixon is planning to fight the eviction.

“He's throwing me out on the street,” Dixon said.

“It’s very embarrassing for me to go through this.”

Dixon has not had any convictions since the 1998 case and has no pending charges.

A Craven County Sheriff’s Office official said Dixon is not breaking any law by living at the campground.

There will be an eviction hearing in June; a magistrate will decide what happens next in the case.