Two registered sex offenders from other states, but living in Bulloch County, failed to comply with mandated laws and were recently arrested for those violations, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.
Charles Randall Strickland Jr., 52, and Roy Douglas Morris, 60, were each charged with failure to register as a convicted sex offender after investigations revealed they had not been truthful in reporting where they live, he said.
“The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office is vigilant in checking on sex offenders in our county. At any given time there are 90 registered sex offenders living in our county,” he said.
Convicted sex offenders must register where they live, notifying authorities in the new places to which they move, as well as letting law enforcement in the places from which they move, about the change of address, or if they attend college or university or work in a new area, he said.
Strickland and Morris are “unique in the fact that both are from other states,” he said. “Without other states informing the appropriate jurisdiction when sex offenders move, it is sometimes difficult to track these offenders.”
Strickland was convicted in Florida in 1993 of lewd and lascivious acts with child under 16. He was arrested twice in Florida for noncompliance with the law, and in 2016, reported to Bulloch County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens that he was moving back to Florida. Hutchens learned Strickland was living in Bulloch County recently amd had not registered, and he was arrested.
Morris was convicted in 1987 of lewd and lascivious acts with child under 14 in California, Brown said. Upon moving to Bulloch County, he did not register with authorities, and was arrested, he said.
Noncompliance with sex offender laws will not be tolerated, he said. Sex offenders moving to Bulloch County “will adhere to the Georgia laws of registration and if they fail to do so, then appropriate criminal action will be taken.”
Anyone with information regarding registered sex offenders and noncompliance with the law is asked to contact Hutchens at (912) 764-1744 or 764-1878.