Two men with sex offender status face local charges for failure to register as offenders.
Larry Thomas Neill, 54, of 3595 Central Road, Gurdon; and Desmond Tyron McDaniel, 34, whose last known address is in Judsonia, are charged with failure to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.
According to separate affidavits filed by Sgt. Brian Daniel, criminal investigator for the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Neill moved to Clark County from Illinois without registering as a sex offender, while the incarcerated McDaniel has yet to register in either Clark or White counties.
Daniel said he received information from the Pike County Sheriff's Office regarding a sex offender living in Clark County, and that the suspect, identified as Neill, was convicted of a sex crime in Illinois, according to an affidavit.
Neill, who was convicted of criminal sexual assault in January 1997, had moved to Arkansas without registering. Information from the Arkansas Crime Information Center led Daniel to find that Neill lived on Central Road. The Illinois Sex Offender Information website notes that Neill "fled the address given on registration records without notification."
The affidavit states that on Jan. 22 Daniel went to the home listed on Neill's driver's license as his residence and saw a parked vehicle that was registered to Neill.
Daniel then spoke with a female at the residence who reportedly said Neill resided in that home and "had for some time." State law requires sex offenders who move to Arkansas to register their status in that county within three business days.
Neill is charged with failure to comply with sex offender reporting requirements, a Class D felony. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson, and CCSO investigators expected to make the arrest on Monday.
The second affidavit says that Daniel received a phone call from a Searcy Police Department investigator who said McDaniel, who is required to report to the CCSO, was incarcerated in the White County Jail.
McDaniel — originally charged with fourth-degree sexual assault in another county — was issued a new Arkansas driver's license on Dec. 7, and the address listed on his identification was a White County address.
An online sex offender database lists McDaniel's former address as the 300 block of Meeks Road, Okolona. The affidavit states that McDaniel had moved to Judsonia in December, and that he apparently failed to report to either Clark or White counties with his status.
McDaniel is charged with failure to comply with reporting requirements, also a Class D felony.
McDaniel was released from White County custody on Friday. A warrant for his arrest has also been issued in Clark County.
"We treat this offense very serious," Batson said. "The [Clark County] sheriff's office and the [Arkadelphia] police department assist in monitoring these offenders statuses to ensure these people are complying with the law."