**** Sex Offender Community Notification****
The White County Sheriff’s Department is releasing information pursuant to section 13 of Act 989 of 1997. Known as the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines, promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, this act authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s presence, when the release of such information will enhance public safety and protection.
The named offender is not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public will be a safer public. Please do not take it upon yourself to notify anyone other than people, specified in this notice. This offender has advised the agency issuing this fact sheet that he will be living at the location given. It is the intention of this department to pursue every reasonable means to provide for the safety of the public. It is also our intention to do this in a responsible manner and attempt to avoid any unnecessary over reaction or fear. The White County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender lives. Unless court order restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but not until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act were law enforcement agencies informed of where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement agencies can now share this information with the public. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to share this information with the public. If notification ends, the only person who wins is the offender, since they derive power through secrecy.
Four risk levels apply. Level One means an offender is considered to pose a low risk of re-offense to the community warranting minimal notice to the community (usually other law enforcement only). Level Two means an offender is considered to pose a moderate risk, warranting limited notice. Level Three means an offender is considered to pose a high risk, warranting the notification of all community members likely to encounter the offender. Level Four status is reserved for offenders who are deemed sexually violent predators.
Information is now available through a state website maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center which can be found at www.acic.org. Please feel free to contact this department with any comments, suggestions or concerns.
Offender: Hinds, George Richard
Address: 500 BLK Highway 124 / Pangburn, AR
Target: 7 years (females)
Brief Description of Crime: Offender was charged and convicted for the rape of a 7 year old girl.