San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

April 8th, 2010
SMPD seeks two unregistered sex offenders

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Patrick Colton Merworth, left, and Bill Joe Crayton, right.

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is looking for two individuals who aren’t in compliance with registration requirements for sex offenders.

SMPD recently finished a compliance check on sex offenders living in San Marcos and found four individuals out of compliance with registration laws. About 50 convicted sex offenders live in San Marcos, including 46 convicted of offenses committed against children.

During the compliance check, according to SMPD Commander Chase Stapp, officers make personal visits to the sex offenders’ homes to verify their current residency.

SMPD arrested a juvenile offender who is not on a public list and Carlos Mercado, 40, for failing to comply with the requirements. Mercado is incarcerated at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on bond of $10,000.

Police are seeking two other individuals for failing to register: Patrick Colton Merworth, 19, and Bill Joe Crayton, 25. SMPD asks that anyone with information of their whereabouts call the department at (512) 753-2108.

Failing to register as a sex offender is a state jail felony punishable by confinement of 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

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