Man arrested in sex offender case

Man arrested in sex offender case

CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - A Sharp County man who police said is a Level 3 sex offender reportedly told authorities that he would travel back to Newport the day before he had to check back in with police in an attempt to fool investigators into thinking he still lived in Jackson County.

James Edward Lowe of Cave City was arrested Friday on a warrant, alleging suspicion of failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements, after an investigation by Cave City police and Sharp County deputies.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Cave City Police Chief Brian Barnett told Sharp County investigators that he received a complaint from a Cave City farmer about Lowe.

The farmer told Barnett that Lowe had been living with his hired help since August 2016 and that the farmer had gotten suspicious about the man, police said.

Authorities later found out Lowe, who listed an address in Newport, at a house on Butler Road in Cave City.

Investigators then spoke to a woman, who first said she did not know Lowe but later admitted that Lowe was at the home, the affidavit noted.

Lowe was later interviewed.

"James stated that he knew he was in violation for not registering in Sharp County," the affidavit noted. "James also admitted that he would travel back to Newport a day before he had to check in with Newport Police Department in an attempt to fool the police into thinking he was still residing in Jackson County."

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