By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE –Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said his office continually monitors the county’s registered sex offenders and will arrest those who do not comply with the state’s requirements for those convicted of sex crimes.
Last month, Weatherford said, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office discovered that two offenders, Garry Lamar Alexander and Justin Taylor James, had not complied with the laws.
The state of Texas requires sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agency, and their name, address, photo and the nature of their offense become public record. These registration details can be accessed through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Registry database online.
According to Texas penal code, if an offender fails to comply with registration guidelines, probation can be revoked, a warrant for arrest can be issued and new charges can be filed. Weatherford said this is what happened with the two Tyler County residents. “In following strict state guidelines, it was discovered that two registered sex offenders had not complied with the rules of the State of Texas,” he said.
Subsequently, Weatherford said, TCSO obtained and issued arrest warrants for the two men. Alexander, 59, of Warren and James, 30, of Woodville, both of whom were charged with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirement.