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Deputies investigating crash find meth, peep hole in sex offender's home

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BONO, AR (KAIT) – A Level 3 sex offender was arrested early Sunday morning after deputies investigating a rollover crash found meth, marijuana and a peep hole in his bedroom.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6, Craighead County deputies were called to a crash on County Road 319.

The car's owner, 35-year-old Jamie Lee Jones of Bono, claimed the car had been stolen.

Jones told deputies she had been asleep when her neighbor came to her home and told her the car was in a ditch. She said the friend then drove her to the accident scene.

When asked who else was at the home, Jones reportedly said her live-in boyfriend and her 11-year-old daughter.

According to the initial incident report, as Jones was describing what happened, Deputy Brandon Womack believed she was "being dishonest…and felt that she was possibly driving the vehicle or knew who was."

Womack spoke with Sergeant Jason Allen, who was also at the scene, about the discrepancies.

Allen went to Jones' home on County Road 337 where he reportedly found four children, ages 14-15, with injuries consistent with an auto accident.

The teens, including Jones' 15-year-old daughter, claimed Jones let them use her vehicle to go to the Kum n' Go in Bono to get a Redbox movie and to put air and gas in the car.

The 15-year-old driver said as they were returning to the house, the car hit a pothole and he lost control of the vehicle.

When confronted with the evidence, Deputy Womack reported Jones changed her story and said the kids had used the vehicle earlier in the day, but she had not let them use it at time the accident occurred.

Deputies found Jones' live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Glenn Harold "Nathan" Crawford, in bed with the covers pulled up over him, "it appeared that Nathan was hiding," the report stated.

Deputies learned that Crawford, a level 3 sex offender, was on active parole for a rape conviction. Deputies advised Crawford of his rights and asked to search the residence.

Crawford acknowledged he understood his rights, according to the report, and told deputies to "go ahead, look all you want, I don't have anything."

Upon entering Crawford's bedroom Deputy Jeff Franks reported finding a baggie of marijuana on the night stand "in plain sight."

Franks also stated he found a tube and an aluminum foil "boat" used to smoke meth. The piece of foil also had a "useable amount of methamphetamine on it," Franks reported.

While searching Crawford's bedroom Franks also reported finding a peephole covered with a small piece of duct tape.

The hole, according to the report, was drilled into the wall separating his bedroom and the home's only useable bathroom shower.

After receiving permission to search Crawford's cell phone, Sgt. Franks reportedly found a text message from Jones telling him to "hide the kids and go to bed."

The text had apparently been sent while she was at the accident scene with Deputy Womack.

Jones was arrested on charges of obstructing governmental operations, filing a false police report, endangering the welfare of a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Crawford was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a parole violation.

He and Jones are being held at the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting their first court appearances.

One of the teens involved in the crash was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a serious cut to his leg.

According the Arkansas Crime Information Center, the state does not have a blanket law that states a sex offender cannot live with a child under a certain age, unless it is noted in a court order.

"If the parent that had guardianship over these children says that it's okay for the sex offender to be in there, he is not breaking the law," said Paula Stitz, manager of the sex offender registry for Arkansas. 

Stitz said there are stipulations that limit a sex offender from living near an area where kids play or go to school.

"A sex offender who is a level three of a level four that's been assessed by the state of Arkansas cannot live within 2,000 feet of their victim," she said. "They cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare center, public park, youth center."

If the offender is on probation or parole, there are separate stipulations that come into play.

"If the offender is on parole or probation or any kind of community supervision of that type there could be regulations through that program," Stitz said.

It's up to local police to monitor offenders who are registered in the area.

"Every 30 days we do a follow up with people on the registration list," said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd. "Verify where they are living, verify their address, things like that."

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