JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An 86-year-old convicted child molester is being held on $25,000 bond for failing to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, Norman Herbert May registered with SOR Specialist Natasha Kaja of the Jonesboro Police Department on Jan. 25.
During registration, Kaja told May he needed to go to the police station and complete a change of address form.
May, who is originally from Dalton, Georgia, refused by saying he was not required to register "because his crime predated Arkansas' law that requires registration," the affidavit stated.
May, a Level 2 sex offender, was convicted in 1994 of child molestation in Georgia.
"According to Arkansas Statute 12-12-906 May is required to register as a sex offender and must report in person any changes of residency," the affidavit said.
On Jan. 29, May reportedly called Kaja and said he had checked out of his hotel and was leaving the state. He would not tell the officer where he was relocating to and refused to go to the police station, saying he was already at the bus stop.
By Feb. 20, he had not registered with any other jurisdiction within the United States. Later that day, Craighead County District Judge David Boling issued a bench warrant for May's arrest.
On Wednesday, March 14, May appeared before the judge in video court who found probable cause to charge him with failure to register-failure to comply with reporting requirements.
Boling set his bond at $25,000 cash/surety citing his prior history for the amount. May is due in circuit court on April 27.