Two locally convicted sex offenders, one reportedly homeless, were arrested this week for allegedly failing to register as required by law.
Timothy Martin King, 49, who lists an address on Niebus Street, was taken into custody around 9:30 am Tuesday, and Johnny Howard Hall, 69, who lists an address on “City Streets”, was arrested just before 11:30 am Detained Thursday and everyone charged with failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements for sex offenders, a crime that can be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
According to the affidavit for King, he was convicted of first degree rape in Oklahoma on December 7, 2007, and was rated a Level 2 sex offender every six months by the Arkansas Department of Correction’s sex offender screening and risk assessment program on December 3, 2020 need to check their details.
On August 7, 2020, King reported to the Garland County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to Deputy Courtney Kizer, the sex offender coordinator. He reportedly checked his information and admitted that the next time he will have to check-in on February 7th.
Kizer claims King never checked in on his review date or an arrest warrant has been issued against him since then.
King, who had been held in custody in lieu of a $ 3,500 bond, appeared in Garland District Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bond has been reduced to $ 1,500 and a crime review hearing is scheduled for May 18.
As of Friday afternoon, King was still in custody at Garland County Detention Center.
According to an affidavit on behalf of Hall, Hot Springs Police were notified Thursday that Hall was about to be released from the National Park Medical Center. Hall is a level 4 sex offender who is reported to have failed to register with the police and has been arrested on multiple occasions since March 11, 2021 for various offenses including public poisoning, felony, and criminal offense.
Hall was taken into custody at NPMC and taken to the police, where Detective Thomas Plummer interviewed him. Hall said he had been in Hot Springs for about two weeks and admitted being homeless.
He said he stayed in Hot Springs two weeks ago “since he was dropped off on the bus”. He said he was last registered as a sex offender in Mena.
Plummer spoke to investigators at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Mena who said Hall had not registered with them since they were released from prison in November 2020 “despite being instructed to register through their agency.”
Hall, who also had a no-show arrest warrant, was on a $ 4,500 bond due to appear in a district court on Friday.
Timothy Martin King – Submitted Photo