John Robert Green hoped to find a home in the Salem area where he would not be evicted once it became know he was a violent sexual predator.
He got his wish. Green is now living in the Fulton County jail.
Deputy Kevin Burns arrested Green Nov. 10 at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office when the Level 4 sex offender checked in with his probation officer, Gary Clayton. Green is charged with failure to report a change of address, a class D felony.
Green, 70, had been evicted in September from his home in Flippin when his landlord discovered he was a sex offender, according to Burns.
"He says he keeps getting kicked out," Burns said. Green had "moved around" after being evicted, never bothering to inform authorities as required by law, Burns said, possibly in an effort to quietly disappear.
But when Green showed up for an appointment with Clayton, Burns was waiting and took him into custody.
Green's criminal history includes multiple convictions for sex crimes involving minor females dating back to 1981 in Jefferson County, Ind., according to deputy David Hardacker of the Baxter County Sheriff's Office. Green received two 15-year sentences for the rape of two girls, ages 5 and 6, Hardacker said. He has also been convicted of child molesting and indecent exposure.
According to the Baxter County Listing of Registered Sex Offenders (found at baxtercountysheriff.com) Green disclosed to investigators that he has a deviant sexual interest in pre-pubescent/pubescent females and that he has had at least 25 victims and as many as 50 for which formal charges were never filed.
Green is the only Level 4 sex offender on the listing. Level 4 is the highest risk classification for sex offenders.
Another sex offender, who was last seen in Fulton County in January, remains at large.
Deputy Burns recently alerted the Fulton County, Ga., Sheriff's Office in Atlanta that William Dana Studley, 48, a Level 3 sex offender who had resided in an apartment in Salem until February, had left the area for Atlanta.
Burns said Studley moved to Salem to be with a woman he had corresponded with on the Internet.
"She found out he was a sex offender and broke ties with him," Burns said.
Burns said the woman told him Studley had corresponded with a minor female on the Internet and had gone to Georgia to meet her.
A warrant has been issued for Studley for failure to register, a class D felony. The arrest affidavit accuses Studley of failure to register his verification of residency, leaving his residence and failing to notify authorities of his new address.
The sheriff's office had no details of Studley's criminal background.