Arrest warrant issued for sex offender
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on October 4 that a warrant for arrest has been issued for local sex offender, Chase Gene Peterson, age 23.
Cassell stated that the warrant was issued following a home visit on October 2 conducted by Probation and Parole officers Jimmy Carter and Cody Cassell at Peterson's registered address.
According to Cassell, Carter and Cassell went to Peterson home located on Wagon Trail in Marshall but were unable to make contact with anyone at that location. Before leaving the residence, law enforcement officials left a note on the front door with instructions for Peterson. After Carter and Cassell left the Wagon Trail residence, a male called them and stated Peterson no longer lived at the Wagon Trail residence.
During the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned that Peterson had moved from his registered address to an address on Sun Street in Western Grove. A Newton County deputy went to the Sun Street address in Western Grove and learned that Peterson had lived at the residence, but no longer resided at that address.
Peterson is a registered, Level 3, sex offender in the State of Arkansas and has been since March 1, 2016 and is aware that he is responsible for reporting a change of address to authorities. However, he failed to comply with reporting requirements.
On October 3, Sex Offender Coordinator Cari Seaton and Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce prepared and arrest affidavit, and forwarded it to the Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf. Crews and Fruehauf issued a warrant of arrest for Peterson for failure to comply with reporting requirements, which is a Class C felony. Peterson's probation was also revoked through the Department of ACC.
On Friday, October 4, Peterson was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Jail where he was scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on Monday, October 7 for his bond hearing.
At press time, Peterson remained in custody.