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Level 4 sex offender arrested for assault

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Glencoe neighborhood is on edge following the arrest last week of a registered sex offender who was later released from jail.

Leslie Leon Newman, 41, who lives on Doe Run Circle, was arrested about 4 a.m., July 5, after a woman asked a neighbor for help saying Newman had beaten her with a flashlight.

Two Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies, David Henry and Clay Divelbiss, responded to the call and had to use force to subdue Newman.

According to Sheriff Walter Dillinger, "They had to use their tazers when he came after them with a baseball bat. Newman pulled out the first tazer and had to be tazed again."

Newman was held on preliminary charges of assault and battery.

Last month, The News listed Leslie Newman as the county's only Level 4 registered sex offender. That means state corrections experts, who evaluated Newman when he moved to Arkansas to live with his mother, consider him a sexually violent offender, a type most likely to reoffend.

Newman was convicted in Texas for the sexual assault of a minor female and, later, served time in Oklahoma for threats and violence against his ex-wife.

Three residents who contacted The News after Monday's incident say they are afraid of further violence. They asked not to be identified because they are fearful of retaliation from Newman.

According to one resident, "Some of the people who live around here did not know, until the newspaper story, that Newman was a convicted sex offender. They were upset by that and are fearful after this incident. Some are buying weapons and others are talking about moving."

Sheriff Dillinger says he is not aware of any major problems with Newman in the past. He has complied with the state sex offender law by regularly verifying his address as required by the state sex offender law.

Since Newman's arrest, Dillinger says, "I have heard from people in the neighborhood who do not like him living there but there's nothin' I can do about that."

Newman was released from jail on the evening of July 6, according to the Sheriff, "by the Judge's order."

A check of District Court records shows Judge Jim Short released Newman on his own recognizance. Newman is to appear in court on Aug. 11 on charges of domestic battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The release without bond has agitated residents even more.

"I think it's a travesty," says another neighbor who asked not to be identified. "They are putting too many people in jeopardy. He obviously needs help."