Jonesboro Police Publicly Disclose Registered Sex Offenders

February 25, 2005 -- Posted 3:45 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- Jonesboro police launched a new program on Friday called the Community Notification of Registered Sex Offenders. As part of the program, the law allows them to go door-to-door posting flyers and letting people know that a registered sex offender lives in their neighborhood. Their first day efforts landed them on Forrest Home Road in Jonesboro.

Resident Eugene Harrison was grateful for the police presence.

"I'm going to watch out for my grandkids, and keep an eye out for these kids that catch the bus," said Harrison.

There are 95 registered sex offenders in Jonesboro. 21 year old Justin Wayne Harrell is considered a level 4 offender and most at risk to commit another act. He was very candid with us, as he stood on his porch and watched police post his picture throughout the neighborhood.

"For me I think it's going too far, but the police has got to do what it's got to do," said Harrell.

Harrell's abuse of little boys, under the age of 12, began when he was 15. He said he was once the victim of abuse himself.

"The ways that perpetrators get their victims to do what they want them to do is force them, and trick them, and bribe them," said Harrell. "The way I did it, my mom was babysitting at the time. She was babysitting the kids I offended."

Harrell is currently going through counseling, and is confident that he will not have a relapse.

"I learned my lesson, and I hope they trust me," said Harrell.