Level 3 sex offender accused of living too close to daycares

Level 3 sex offender accused of living too close to daycares
Gary Leon Webster (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Not only did a Level 3 sex offender fail to report his residence, police say he also lived too close to two Jonesboro daycares.

Jonesboro police arrested 67-year-old Gary Leon Webster on Thursday for failing to comply with reporting requirements.

It was the 9th such violation since his arrest and conviction of first-degree sexual abuse. A point which did not escape the notice of Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler who found probable cause to charge him Friday.

According to court documents, Webster registered his address as the Econo Lodge, 2406 Phillips Dr., on April 13. At that time he was told to report to Officer Natasha Kaja, the Jonesboro Police Department's sex offender register officer, within 10 days of relocating to another address.

On April 23, an officer found him at the Rodeway Inn, 2300 S. Caraway. Again, according to a police report, he was told to register his change of address.

The following day, April 24, another officer contacted Webster at the Park Place Inn, 1421 S. Caraway. He reportedly told the officer he knew he needed to report his change of residence but "he just hadn't gotten a chance."

On Thursday, April 26, Webster went to the police station to change his address to West Memphis.

When asked where he had been staying, according to the incident report, Webster said he had been staying at the Econo Lodge. However, Officer Kaja said receipts from the hotel showed he had checked out on April 21.

What's more, the report stated that both the Rodeway Inn and Park Place Inn are within 2,000 feet of licensed daycares. As a Level 3 offender he is prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of schools, public parks, youth centers, and daycares.

Kaja also noted that there were three nights when his whereabouts were unaccounted for.

Webster is being held on a $15,000 cash/surety bond.

According to court records, Webster was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 1998. Since 2007 he has been arrested nine times noncompliance:

  • May 24, 2017
  • Nov. 9, 2016
  • March 22, 2010
  • Dec. 18, 2009
  • June 18, 2009
  • March 24, 2009
  • Nov. 14, 2008
  • July 14, 2008
  • Oct. 2, 2007

On March 29, 2006, he was accused of living too close to a school or daycare.

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