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The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is releasing this information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders.  Melvin K. Shoemate was recently released from prison and has now moved to 433 Roberts Cemetery Road near Franklin. Shoemate was convicted in 1997 of rape in Fulton County. Shoemate was convicted of forcibly raping an adult female by tying her arms behind her back  with his boot strings and according to the victim, Shoemate threatened to kill her should she tell authorities. The victim was in her early forties at the time of being raped by Shoemate.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Shoemate is classified as a Level 3 Offender which indicates these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong anti-social, violet or predatory personality characteristics.  Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued.  The offense patterns of Level 3 Offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur.

Shoemate is described as a 41 year old white male, 6’ 3” tail, 165 pounds having brown hair and blue eyes. Sheriff Lawrence said that Shoemate has a previous history of drug and alcohol use and abuse.

Sheriff Lawrence said that a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half mile radius of Shoemate’s residence.  This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the sheriff’s belief that an informed public is a safer public.  The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has not legal authority to direct where a convicted offender lives.  Unless court ordered restriction exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he chooses.  Lawrence went on to say that sex offenders have always live in our communities, but it wasn’t until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living.  This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders; otherwise law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications could potentially end.  We believe the only person who wins if the community notification ends is the sex offender in that sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.




News Release, For Immediate Release, June 27, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203


Note: Picture of Shoemate provided



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