Affidavit: Sex offender failed to notify police of eviction

Affidavit: Sex offender failed to notify police of eviction
Sammie Leo Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Level 2 sex offender evicted from his apartment failed to alert local police about the change, according to court documents.

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Tuesday to charge Sammie Leo Montgomery, 52, with failure to register-failure to comply with reporting requirements. If convicted of the Class C felony he could face a punishment of 3-10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

On April 9, Sexual Offender Registration Specialist Natasha Kaja received a tip that Montgomery was no longer living at his registered address at 4607 E. Nettleton.

The probable cause affidavit stated that after attempting and failing to contact Montgomery, Kaja spoke with the apartment complex manager who stated he had been served an eviction on March 28 and had to be out of his apartment by April 1.

According to Arkansas law, when a sexual offender has been evicted they must notify local authorities within three days of their new address.

"Montgomery has not made any attempt to contact Kaja or the Jonesboro Police Department since being evicted," Detective Chris Poe stated in the probable cause affidavit.

After reviewing the investigator's document, Judge Fowler set Montgomery's bond at $1,000 and ordered him to appear in circuit court on May 25.

According to online records from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery was convicted of second-degree sexual assault. In 2015, a federal grand jury indicted him with failing to register as a sex offender.

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