Convicted Sex Offender Arrested in Verification Round Up
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man convicted of child molestation in Texas on Tues., Sept. 27, on suspicion of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, as is required by state law.
Kristofer R. Wyatt, 21, was taken into custody shortly before 10:30 a.m. and was later released after posting a $4,500 bond.
Deputies and detectives spent Tuesday randomly checking the addresses of registered sex offenders to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. Convicted sex offenders are required to register at the sheriff's department and provide a current valid address, place of employment and other information, and are required to immediately report any change in address or employment. Individuals convicted of sex crimes against children must report every 90 days for verification purposes. Offenders convicted of sex crimes against adults must report every 180 days.
Approximately 60 residences were checked as of mid-day on Tuesday, and most offenders were found to be in compliance with the terms of their registration. There were several instances where deputies were unable to contact an offender at a residence, which will result in a follow-up visit at a later date.