Failure to register means jail time for two
Two registered sex offenders are the newest residents of the Fulton County Jail. Both are sex offenders who failed to verify their whereabouts to the sheriff's office and have not made contact with Fulton County authorities in over two years.
Fulton County Deputy James Cantrell went to the Finney County Detention Center in Garden City, Kan., to pick up sex offender Jeffrey Kolthoff, 23, and bring him back to Fulton County to face charges on failing to register as a sex offender.
Finney County Under Sheriff John Andrews said Finney County authorities arrested Kolthoff on the outstanding Arkansas warrant March 22. Kolthoff made four contacts with Finney County authorities under sex offender registration laws, Andrews said.
Andrews said Kolthoff refused to waive extradition and was released on bond until a governor's warrant from Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee could be issued.
Andrews said Kolthoff was re-arrested June 2 after the governor's warrant passed. This time he decided not to fight extradition. Cantrell brought Kolthoff back to Fulton County June 24.
Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Kolthoff had been living in Lincoln, Kan., at the time of his extradition to Arkansas.
Dillinger said Kolthoff was convicted of statutory rape in Kansas. Dillinger said the incident involved the woman who eventually become Kolthoff's wife.
Fulton County authorities have been seeking Kolthoff since an arrest affidavit was issued Feb. 13. Kolthoff has not reported to the sheriff's office to verify his whereabouts since April 4, 2003.
Dillinger said Kolthoff lived in Fulton County for approximately one year. He said during the time Kolthoff was separated from his wife and staying with a cousin near Wild Cherry.
Kolthoff is currently in the Fulton County Jail awaiting his first appearance in Fulton County Circuit Court on July 7. His bond is set at $25,000.
Donald Lewis Britt, 51, turned himself into the Fulton County Sheriff's Office June 30 after learning the sheriff's office had issued an arrest warrant for him. Britt last registered on Nov. 18, 2003. He has failed to report or verify his address since May 18, 2003, according to authorities.
Dillinger said Britt did not leave Salem and resided south of the city for some time. He said Britt's crime which categorizes him as a sex offender happened in the 1970s, but he didn't know any details.
Britt posted bond the day of his arrest and will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court July 11.
Failing to register as a sex offender is a class C felony.