Their crimes vary from incest and sodomy to sexual abuse and rape.
Some are still relatively young while others passed retirement age years ago.
Several committed crimes against children, while their fellow registrants reportedly violated older victims.
But the 62 men listed on the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry (SOR) have one thing in common — they live in your backyard.
The more than five dozen men listed as Madison County residents are spread throughout the county, although many of them are concentrated inside the Richmond city limits. Most were convicted of varying degrees of sexual abuse and few are still under supervision.
Since a 7-year-old New Jersey girl was raped and murdered in 1994 by a known sex offender who moved into her neighborhood, law enforcement officials have taken steps to register those convicted of sexual crimes. In Kentucky, residents can search the SOR Web site at http://kspsor.state.ky.us.
Kentucky State Police Major Lisa Rudzinski said the SOR is a public safety tool.
“The overarching goal is to protect citizens from sex offenders if they would not have known otherwise that they were convicted of that crime,” Rudzinski said. “It is a means to provide notification to the public that a sex offender is in their community. That doesn’t mean that they will repeat that offense, but it also doesn’t mean they won’t.”
Rudzinski, who formerly investigated sexual abuse crimes, said there is a higher rate of recidivism among those who commit sexual crimes than there is among those who commit various other crimes.
“Unfortunately we would find out either that they would repeat their crime or that there were many more victims than were initially thought once we began our investigation,” she said.
Five Madison County registrants have been deemed “non-compliant,” which means they no longer can be verified as living at the last address provided to KSP. They are Robert A. Boner, Charles Edward Graves, John Wayne Medley, Larry Smith and Andrew Lee Unser. Anyone with information that may lead police to the whereabouts of these men is asked to call KSP at 624-2404.
Once non-compliant offenders are located, they are subject to new felony charges. If it is the offender’s first time being non-compliant, they can be sentenced to one to five years in prison if convicted, and five to 10 years in prison for their second offense.
Madison County has 12 more sexual offenders listed on the registry than it did in 2005, according to an earlier Richmond Register article. Most of the offenders — 38 of 62 — are between the ages of 31 and 50. Only three offenders are under 31, with the youngest being a 25-year-old. The oldest offender is 74 years old.
Among the 62 offenders are 52 victims listed as being younger than 18. Many are younger than 12. Not all of Madison County’s offenders have the age of victims listed, while some are listed as being convicted of crimes against multiple children.
However, not everyone on the registry is convicted of crimes against children, and not everyone who has ever been convicted of a sexual crime is required to register, according to the SOR Web site.
Only those who were convicted after July 15, 1994, incarcerated or sentenced after July 15, 1998, convicted in another jurisdiction that requires registration if committed in Kentucky, convicted of sex crimes against minors or are designated as sexually violent predators are required to register.
Criminals who fit into the criteria for registration are required to do so after being released from incarceration. If a person has been convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, kidnapping, previous sex crimes moves into Kentucky from another state or is designated as a sexually violent offender, they are required to register for the rest of their lives, according to the SOR Web site.
All other offenders must register for 20 years, twice the time required prior to July 2006. Recent legislation also requires new offenders to register their e-mail addresses and other online communication ID’s such as screen names.
“We are going more and more to a digital society,” Rudzinski said.
The online identifiers are used not only as an additional source of registration, but also to allow parents to see if the people their children are talking to online are sex offenders. Eventually, Rudzinski said the state police hope to have a search engine on the current SOR Web site to search by e-mail addresses.
While knowledge of a sex offender living near your family may send some parents searching for torches and pitchforks, Rudzinski said the offenders are protected from harassment by Kentucky statutes.
“The only thing they can do is be aware,” she said. “If they attempt to harass the sex offender as a result of the listing, they themselves are in violations of provisions to protect sex offenders from harassment.”
Safety tool or harassment?
In fact, some people believe that the SOR listing itself is harassment enough.
Every year, registrants and their families complain to the American Civil Liberties Union about the registry and many of the restrictions on their rights that come along with it, said Beth Wilson, executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky.
“We have some very serious concerns about the sex offender registry,” Wilson said. “The privacy issues that come up with that are tremendous. There really is no evidence that these kinds of registries are making us any safer.”
The rate of re-offending among sex offenders is a myth, Wilson said. Therefore, the reasons offered in support of publishing the registry on the basis of it being a proactive safety tool often are invalid.
“I used to believe this too, that sex offenders are among those most likely of all who engage in criminal activity to do it again,” Wilson said. “And all of the research shows that that is not true. What’s important is risk assessment. There are ways to figure out who is most likely to re-offend, but that certainly is not true of sex offenders as a group.”
According to a 2002 study published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, sex offenders who were treated did show lower rates of recidivism.
“The study revealed, among the most recent research samples, sexual recidivism rates of 17.3 percent for untreated offenders, compared with 9.9 percent for treated offenders,” a story published by the Monitor on Psychology stated.
In the age of identity theft, the amount of personal information listed on each offender also raises some issues.
“We certainly do have a lot of concerns about that kind of information being available, but the problem is that the courts have not agreed with us on that,” Wilson said. “Trying to tackle that is pretty much impossible. I’m not sure why all of those things are important for public knowledge or to be so readily available.”
But KSP officials insist the online registry is meant solely for the purpose of educating the public so that families can be better aware of their surroundings before sending their children outside alone to play. But if checking the registry every day to see if new offenders have moved in to town is inconvenient, KSP officials have set up a toll-free alert line to let you know about new offenders.
“You can call and register up to three zip codes,” Rudzinski said. “Anytime a sex offender’s data changes and someone moves into those zip codes, you will receive an automated call notifying you. It’s a great tool.”
Families interested in receiving alerts should call 1-866-564-5652. For more details about the registry, visit http://kspsor.state.ky.us.
Kelly Foreman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.
Madison County’s registered sex offenders:
1. Dallas Arnold Adams, 59, of Blue Lake Drive, Berea, move-in offender from South Carolina; original conviction, rape and indecent acts with a child — federal and military sex crimes.
2. Alvis Franklin Agee, 50, of Oliver Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse.
3. William R. Agee, 46, of Richmond Road North, Berea, first-degree sexual abuse of 11-year-old victim.
4. Wilbert Lee Alexander, 50, of McKee Road, Berea, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual abuse (three counts), 13-year-old victim.
5. James Anderson, 42, of Keri Ann Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse, three counts.
6. Glenn Russell Baker, 53, of Meadowlark Drive, Berea, first-degree sodomy.
7. Chester Wayne Biggs, 31, of Irvine View, Richmond, second-degree rape.
8. Robert Allen Boner, 44, non-compliant, last known address: Dreyfus Road, Berea, incest of 20-year-old victim.
9. Wesley Dwayne Bratcher, 31, of Alexander Road, Berea, third-degree rape of 13-year-old victim.
10. Oscar Edward Campbell, 43, of Oreda Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of a 10-year-old victim.
11. Earl Bruce Carter, 58, of Old US 25 North, Berea, first-degree attempted rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse of a 12-year-old victim.
12. Timothy Wayne Coffey, 32, of Cedar Cliff Road, Dreyfus, third-degree sodomy and third-degree rape of 14-year-old victim.
13. Michael Collins, 51, of Lee Court, Richmond, second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse of 12-year-old victim.
14. Lawrence David Conner, 48, of Waco Loop Road, Waco, first-degree sexual abuse.
15. Bart Duane Crabtree Jr., 39, of Jessica Circle, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 8-year-old victim.
16. John Worthington Crawford, 56, of Cedar Hill Drive, Richmond, third-degree rape of a 14-year-old victim. Required e-mail registration — email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. Charles Edward Dunaway, 74, Gibson Lane, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse (two counts).
18. Nicholas Andrew Foster, 28, Marietha Drive, Richmond, third-degree rape of 12-year-old victim.
19. Richard James Gibson, 41, of Blue Lick Road, Berea, move-in offender from Minnesota; original conviction, criminal sexual conduct of 9-year-old victim.
20. Charles Edward Graves, 54, non-compliant, last known address: Churchill Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 3-year-old victim.
21. Carols S. Griffin, 34, of Cimmaron Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 4-year-old victim (five counts).
22. Marvin Wayne Haeberlin, 48, of Craig Drive, Richmond, first-degree rape (two counts), second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse (six counts), of victims 9, 12 and 13 years old.
23. John Wayne Harris, 66, of Bolton Avenue, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 11-year-old victim (two counts). Required e-mail registration — HARR5101@qwikdial.net.
24. Sam Harris, 45, of East Irvine Street, Richmond, first-degree rape, attempted first-degree sodomy of 53-year-old victim.
25. David Wayne Harvey, 34, of Clay Lane, Richmond, move-in offender from Florida, original conviction from North Carolina second-degree rape of 43-year-old victim.
26. Robert Eugene Hazelwood, 45, of Fentress Lane, Berea, third-degree sodomy of 13-year-old victim.
27. David Joe Hopkins, 54, of Lexington Road, Richmond, third-degree sodomy of 15-year-old victim.
28. Walter Charles Huett, 58, of Mule Shed Lane, Richmond, move-in offender from Arizona, sexual abuse of a 16-year-old victim.
29. James Allen Hurd, 35, of Edgewood Drive, Richmond, second-degree rape of 15-year-old victim.
30. Darrell Lee Jackson, 43, of Letcher Avenue, Richmond, move-in offender from Florida, original conviction in Arizona for attempted sexual misconduct with 11-year-old victim.
31. James William Johnson, 50, of Tipton Court, Richmond, third-degree rape of 15-year-old victim (two counts).
32. Lawrence Jones, 53, of Durbin Lane, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 5-year-old victim (eight counts).
33. Chester Shannon Kelley, 35, of Powell Court, Richmond, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse (two counts) of 10-year-old victim.
34. Daniel Thomas Lear, 62, Curtis Pike, Richmond, first-degree sodomy of 4-year-old victim.
35. Gordan Russell Lebsock, 59, of Brandon Court, Richmond, move-in offender from Arizona, sexual conduct with a 13-year-old victim.
36. Randall Logston Jr., 59, of Reed Hill, Berea, use of a 14-year-old in a sexual performance.
37. John Frances Mandigo, 36, of Charles White Road, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of a 7-year-old victim.
38. John Wayne Medley, 31, non-compliant, last known address: Foxhaven Court, Richmond, third-degree sexual abuse of a 14-year-old victim.
39. Ronnie Earl Norris, 47, of Red House Road, Richmond, third-degree rape of 8- and 11-year-old victims.
40. John Edward Payne, 33, of Hillside Drive, Richmond, third-degree rape of a 15-year-old victim.
41. William Brady Pigg, 35, of Larraine Court, Berea, third-degree rape of a 15-year-old victim.
42. Ronald David Powell, 25, of Harrison King Lane, Berea, move-in offender from Virginia, produce obscene materials involving a minor and possession of child pornography.
43. James Edward Reeves, 39, of Bridgestone, Berea, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, first-degree sodomy of a 9-year-old victim.
44. Edward Gary Robinson, 51, of Colonel Road, Richmond, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse of a 10-year-old victim.
45. Ernie T. Robinson, 46, of West Main Street, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 38-year-old victim.
46. Johnny R. Robinson, 58, of Moberly Avenue, attempted/solicitation of first-degree sodomy of 6- and 10-year-old victims.
47. Mark D. Robinson, 44, of West Main Street, Richmond, first-degree rape, second-degree rape of 12-year-old victim.
48. David Marshal Rockwell, 40, of Hawthorne Drive, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 11-year-old victim. Required e-mail registration — Drockwell@adelphia.net, email@example.com, Dmr_esj@yahoo.com, Dmr_esj@hotmail.com, photobucket account: Davrock.
49. Robert Glenn Sabin, 58, of East Main Street, Richmond, move-in offender from Michigan, criminal sexual conduct.
50. Billy Keith Singleton, 42, of Berea Road, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 1-year-old.
51. Kenneth Ray Sizemore, 41, of Gum Bottom Road, Waco, first-degree sexual abuse of a 12-year-old victim (five counts).
52. David Anthony Smith, 32, of Mount Vernon Road, Berea, first-degree sexual abuse of a 10-year-old victim.
53. Larry Smith, 45, non-compliant, last known address: Madison County Detention Center, first-degree sexual abuse of 9-year-old victim.
54. William Michael Sobczak, 37, of Villa Drive, Richmond, move-in offender from Michigan, criminal sexual conduct. Required e-mail registration — Subby1044@yahoo.com, Subby832@yahoo.com, Yahoo Personals ID — Lazy Beach Waves, Instant Messenger ID — Subby1044yahoo.com, Subby832yahoo.com.
55. Jimmy Dale Stage, 53, of Foxhaven Drive, Richmond, second-degree sodomy.
56. Eddie Oday Still, 53, of Villa Drive, Richmond, first-degree sodomy of 9-year-old victim.
57. Jeffrey Maurice Strawder, 48, of Courage Road, Waco, third-degree rape of 15-year-old victim.
58. Billy Lee Turpin, 35, of Elm Street, Richmond, first-degree unlawful transaction with a 15-year-old.
59. Andrew Lee Unser, 27, non-compliant, last known address: Berea Road, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse of 5-year-old victim.
60. Titus Gene Virts, 52, of Brandon Court, Richmond, move-in offender from Virginia, sexual abuse, kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration (Arizona charges).
61. Charles S. Warner, 48, of Kingston Highway, Richmond, first-degree sexual abuse (five counts).
62. Charles A. Willis, 70, of East Main Street, Richmond, third-degree rape of 13-year-old victim.
All information provided by Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry Web site at http://kspsor.state.ky.us. Registry information last was verified for this story on Aug. 16.
(Note from KSP Web Site: Under KRS 525.070 and 525.080, use of information from this [registry] to harass a sex offender is a criminal offense punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail. More severe criminal penalties apply for more severe crimes committed against a sex offender.)
Their crimes vary from incest and sodomy to sexual abuse and rape.
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