Jackson County man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

Leon Lee James. Image source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Leon Lee James. Image source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Department arrested a man they said is a non-compliant sex offender.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, deputies learned Leon Lee James, 43, was an unregistered sex offender after James was arrested for charges of simple assault, resisting arrest by flight, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunk. Those charges are a result of an incident at a bar in the St. Martin Community on March 10.

Byrd said, records show James is a convicted sex offender. Further investigation revealed James was originally convicted of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery in Jackson County on October 20, 1995, Byrd stated.

When James was released from prison in July 2012, Byrd said, James moved to the Jackson County area, but James was not registering.

Byrd said James is a non-complaint sex offender and has been charged. He is currently being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center awaiting an initial bond appearance.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department:

Mississippi Code Annotated [45-33-27 (2)] (2011) states if a person who is required to register is released from prison, the person is required to appear personally at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the responsible Sheriff's Department, or Municipality within three (3) business days of release.

Anyone interested in accessing the Mississippi sex offender registration site can do so by clicking http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/ to view complete the Mississippi Statute 45-33-27 and search for sex-offenders in their area or the Jackson County area by clicking www.sheriffalerts.com/ms/jackson.

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