Newly convicted sex offender registers with sheriff’s office

A newly convicted sex offender has registered with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says 30-year-old Gary Hargett is residing at 1282 Rodney Cutoff in Jordan.

Hargett was charged last August with one felony count of second degree sexual assault. Hargett entered a negotiated guilty plea last week to a lesser misdemeanor charge of fourth degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Hargett was also ordered to register with law enforcement as a sex offender. Documentation indicates in the summer of 2016 the Hargett engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a then 15-year-old female victim.

Hargett has not yet been assigned a risk level by the Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment.

Hargett is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the sheriff's belief an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

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