Sex offender moves too close to schoolPublished 9:49pm Thursday, April 3, 2014
A known adult sex offender was arrested Wednesday after failing to comply with residence restrictions. Roger Thomas Morris, 40, was charged with failure of an adult sex offender to register and/or comply with restrictions, according to information released by Troy Police Chief Jimmy Ennis.
Sex offenders are required to register within seven days of moving. Morris, who had moved here from Georgia, registered that he was going to reside in the 900 block of South Franklin Drive, less than 2,000 feet from Pike Liberal Arts School.
“He was told when he registered that he could not live there because he would be in violation,” said Lt. Bryan Weed of the Troy Police Department. “He told us he was staying in one place and went ahead and stayed there anyway.”
According to Alabama’s Community Notification Act, registered sex offenders are not allowed to work or live within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare.
Alabama law states that a sex offender establishes residency when he or she spends three consecutive days in a residence or accumulates 10 days in a month at the same location.
Failure to comply is a class c felony which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Morris was transported to the Troy Police Department for processing and then transported to the Pike County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
This case is still under investigation by the Troy Police Department.