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Dozens of sex offenders indicted, arrested

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department arrested 17 sex offenders who did not report to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.

Neighbors could not know who the 17 sex offenders were because police said the men did not report to the registry.  A Shelby County grand jury indicted them Thursday for failure to register.

In addition, 21 more sex offenders were indicted for failure to register.  Police have been unable to locate those 21 men at this time.

Jesse Mosher, one of the sex offenders indicted for failing to register, is now registered to an address next door to a church.  Mosher is charged with two sex offenses, including sexual assault on a child.

The Tennessee Sex Offender Registry shows James Morris had not registered in a year and a half.  A court record for a recent address said Morris' address is on Kimball near Lamar.

Neighbors were upset to learn the sex offenders were living around them.

"Because they got babies running around here, kids," said neighbor Nicole Threats.  "I think they should have some sort of tattoo brand to let them know they're a sex offender."

Threats was relieved to hear that the Memphis Police Department was cracking down.

"I think they're doing a great job, and I hope they continue to round up some more," she said.

Violating the Sex Offender Registry Act is a Class E Felony.  The punishment is one to six years in prison.

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