MELBOURNE-Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence recently announced that a level 3 sex offender has moved to Izard County and is residing at 611 Dove Lane, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
Timothy T. Thomas, also known as Hillbilly Thomas and Tim Thomas was convicted August 5, 2002 in Colorado of Attempted Sexual Assault after claims that the then 29 year-old drove a 17 year-old female to an isolated area where he told her to get in the back seat and that they were going to have sex. The victim tried to leave and Thomas grabbed her but she was able to break free. During the course of the victim’s escape, Thomas allegedly threatened bodily harm to the victim.
According to Sheriff Lawrence, Thomas has a lengthy criminal history to include conviction of Indecent Exposure on December 12, 1989, conviction of Menacing Felony Weapon on December 17, 2001, conviction of Theft on June 20, 2005, and a charge of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender later dismissed on July 25, 2005 but resulted in his probation being revoked.
Lawrence said that in the past Thomas has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance unlawful use, prohibited use of drugs with a gun, and failure to leave premises with a weapon. It is unclear from available records if any or all of these charges resulted in convictions.
Thomas is classified as a Level 3 offender, which states that “these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offender and /or strong anti-social, violent or predatory personality characteristics”. Sexual compulsion are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. Sheriff Lawrence went on to say that offense patterns of Level 3 offenders reflect a high probability of re-offense and/or risks of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur.
Thomas is described as being a 41 years old white male, six feet five inches tall, 253 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. Thomas is additional described as having tattoos on both wrists and arms.
Lawrence said sex offender notification has been or will be hand delivered to residences within a half mile radius of Thomas’ residence.
This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court ordered restrictions exit, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he or she chooses.
Sheriff Lawrence said sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it wasn’t until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that the law enforcement community even knew where they were living. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offender; otherwise law enforcements’ ability to do community notifications could potentially end. We believe, the sheriff said, the only person who benefits if the community notifications end is the sex offender in that sex offender derive their power through secrecy.
News Release, For immediate Release, April 26, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203
NOTE: Picture of Thomas provided print media