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Registered sex offender charged after attending West Rowan High event

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man faces felony charges after he attended a school event at West Rowan High School, which is a violation of sex offender registry terms.

Matthew Damion Parham, 28, of the 400 block of Potneck Road, was charged on Thursday with sex offender/child premises. According to Rowan Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford, an off-duty detective recognized Parham. He attended an event called Winter in the West Holiday Arts Festival.

As a registered sex offender, Parham is not permitted to be on school premises. Parham was issued a $5,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Authorities said Parham molested a 13-year-old girl in 2011. A relative of the girl notified authorities after she read about the alleged incidents in a diary. He was charged in 2012, just a month after law enforcement say he threw trash cans and concrete blocks off overpasses at Lentz, Pine Ridge and Daugherty roads on multiple occasions, damaging several cars in the process. He was convicted in 2013 in both cases and afterward was ordered to register as a sex offender.

In 2014, Parham was charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon after he was accused of pulling a knife on an off-duty deputy. The deputy was traveling in his personal car with his child when Parham began tailgating the vehicle. The officer tried to evade Parham. The deputy stopped at a traffic light, but Parham got out and pulled out a knife. The officer pulled out his gun and informed Parham he was an off-duty officer.