A candidate for Greenville City Council said his conviction in 2009 for indecent liberties with a child, which landed him on the state’s sex offender registry, was due to systemic problems with the judicial system.

William Charles Shiver, 68, of Greenville was found guilty by a Pitt County jury on two counts of indecent liberties with a child on April 22, 2009. He served two consecutive sentences totaling three years and two months for the crime that court documents said took place July 1-8 of 2007.

According to the court documents, the victim was under 16. Shiver was 54.

In a phone call Monday, Shiver did not deny his status on the registry.

“That’s one of the reasons that I’m running,” he said. “I want to make sure that we give justice to all people and maintain a right for all citizens to have an equal participation and fairness in the court system.

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