by SEAN KIMMONS
San Marcos police are still on the hunt for two sex offenders who have gone missing after police officers did a sweep in the city late last month.
Patrick Merworth, 19, and Billy Joe Crayton, 25, who both hold San Marcos addresses, have not properly informed local law enforcement of their whereabouts and warrants for their arrests have been issued, police say.
“These two guys disappeared and we don’t know where they went,” San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said. “We simply have no idea where they are and that is a criminal violation.”
State law requires sex offenders to register when they move into an area and notify police when they leave. As of Thursday, police have not been notified of any new addresses for Merworth and Crayton.
Merworth is described as a white male, 5 feet tall and 110 pounds. His offense was an aggravated sexual assault with a 3-year-old girl, with a disposition date in 2004. Crayton is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 265 pounds. His offense was also an aggravated sexual assault with a 3-year-old girl, with a disposition date in 1999, according to Department of Public Safety criminal records.
Failing to register as a sex offender is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a state jail from 180 days to two years and up to a fine of $10,000, Williams said.
The DPS maintains a Web site for the public to view whether registered sex offenders live in their area.
SEAN KIMMONS is senior reporter at the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the Mercury.Email | Print