TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A man who was arrested at a building owned by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries is seeking dismissal of a charge that he failed to register as a sex offender. Forty-nine-year-old Jonathon Patrick Curry faces trial on April 15 in U.S. District Court.
Prosecutors say Curry was arrested in January at a Fort Smith warehouse owned by the ministry of the jailed evangelist. A court affidavit by an FBI agent says Curry had a sign on a room at the warehouse reading "Keep Out Jon Curry's Rm." Curry filed a motion on Friday asking a judge to throw out the charge.
Curry was convicted in 2002 of attempted lewdness with a child below the age of 14 in Clark County, Nevada. Because of the nature of his conviction, Curry was to be supervised by state parole officials for life and register as a sex offender. But Curry allegedly didn't register in Nevada after his release from prison in 2007.
After regaining his freedom, Curry allegedly moved into the room in the warehouse. He was indicted in February by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Arkansas for violating federal sex offender registration laws.