published Friday, June 15th, 2012

Sex offenders violate registration laws in DeKalb County

Registered sex offenders Richard Holcomb, 32, and Billy Joe Busby, 28, are charged with violating sexual offender registration laws and requirements.
Registered sex offenders Richard Holcomb, 32, and Billy Joe Busby, 28, are charged with violating sexual offender registration laws and requirements.
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Two DeKalb County, Ala. men were charged this week with violating sexual offender registration laws and requirements, authorities said.

Richard Holcomb, a 32-year-old registered sex offender from Dutton, Ala., was arrested for working at a business at 1285 Alabama Highway 35, which is too close to Plainview High School in Rainsville, said DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

State law prohibits convicted sex offenders from working within 2,000 feet of a school, according to Harris.

Billy Joe Busby, 28 and a registered sex offender from Fyffe, Ala., was arrested for not having a current identification card or driver’s license showing a valid address, Harris said. All convicted sex offenders must have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card bearing the offender’s current address.

“There’s more to it than just registering. Sex offenders have to comply with regulations on an ongoing basis,” Harris states in a news release.

Sex offenders are responsible for notifying their local law enforcement office of any changes in residency or employment, he said.

Concerned residents should contact local authorities to report sex offenders believed to be in violation of state law, he said.

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