Sex offender accused of moving and not telling police

Sex offender accused of moving and not telling police

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause to charge a registered sex offender for failing to tell police where he lived.

Stephen Ray Gillaspy, 45, of Jonesboro appeared Tuesday before Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler on a bench warrant where probable cause had been found to charge him with failure to register-failure to comply with reporting requirements.

According to court documents, Gillaspy had contacted Jonesboro police on March 20 to register his address in the 4700-block of Samantha Avenue.

However, when Sex Offender Registration Specialist Natasha Kaja and Officer Alex Duncan attempted to verify if he still lived there on May 29 they learned that had "not been there in months."

As a Level 2 sex offender, Gillaspy is required by state law to notify local authorities within 10 days of changing addresses.

During Tuesday's proceedings, Gillaspy asked Judge Fowler to consider giving him a reduced bond so that he could get out and work.

The judge, however, stated concerns about Gillaspy's felony charge and the severity of the crime to which he pleaded guilty.

Online court documents indicate Gillaspy pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree sexual assault.

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