SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO MEET REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 52 year old EDUARDO LOPEZ of Midway for failure to update his address as required by law to meet his his sex offender registration requirements.
EDUARDO LOPEZ had registered as a sex offender with the Sheriff’s Office and gave his address as 618 CR 27. On May 28, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office received information that LOPEZ was no longer residing at that address. He had not notified the Sheriff’s Office that he would be leaving that address.
On May 29th, Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino spoke with the property manager at the CR 27 address, who verified that EDUARDO LOPEZ no longer resided there, having vacated the premises on May 23rd. The Sheriff’s Office checked with a utility company, which stated service had been shut off to the residence on May 23rd and that LOPEZ gave a forwarding address on Cedar Ridge Road in Midway. The address provided to the utility company by LOPEZ does not exist.
The Sheriff’s Office applied for and obtained a bench warrant from the Circuit Court charging EDUARDO LOPEZ with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender because he failed to comply with registration requirements. The warrant was issued today, June 6th, and LOPEZ was arrested this afternoon at a Mountain Home business.
EDUARDO LOPEZ is being held in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000 bond. He will appear in Circuit Court to answer on June 19th.
EDUARDO LOPEZ had been registered with the Sheriff’s Office since at least 2009. He has a Level 2 (moderate risk to re-offend) community risk assessment level. Documentation indicates he was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree on January 7, 1999. This involved the offender having sexual contact with a 9 year old male. Public notification has been justified due to the young age of the victim at the time the crime was committed.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff