Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Brings Felony Charges

From the Charleston Daily Mail:

Man fails to register as sex offender after moving

by Zack Pettit
Daily Mail staff

A Charleston man was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender after moving from Putnam to Kanawha County.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.S. Dickson obtained a warrant for James Roy Arthur, 36, in February, after learning he moved from his registered address, according to a press release from Sgt. Kenneth McCord.

He was discovered at a Kanawha County residence Tuesday and arrested without incident, the release said.

Arthur was arraigned on the felony warrant for failing to notify police of the move, and an additional 12 felony counts ranging from failing to report his new telephone number to neglecting to notify police of his Internet service, the complaint said.

He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond, the release said.

Arthur was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 1994 and served about ten years in prison, but since the crime involved a juvenile, he is required to register his information with police for life, the complaint said.

People convicted of sexual related crimes are required to register annually with State Police, and must notify them of any changes within ten business days of the change, the complaint said.

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