NC court reverses order for convicted sex offender to wear GPS-monitoring system for life

NC court reverses order for convicted sex offender to wear GPS-monitoring system for life
Kevin James Gambrell (Source: N.C. Department of Public Safety)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s second-highest court has reversed a decision requiring a man who pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child to wear a monitoring system for the rest of his life.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Kevin James Gambrell was incorrectly sentenced to wear a satellite-based monitoring system for his lifetime. The three-judge panel said prosecutors didn't prove that a monitoring system was a reasonable way to prevent Gambrell from reoffending.

The unanimous ruling says prosecutors must provide evidence such as expert testimony when a judge determines the use of monitoring systems.

Gambrell was sentenced in January 2018 in Iredell County to up to 30 months in prison. He had been convicted a decade earlier in Alexander County of using a computer to solicit a child.

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