Sex offender moves from Baxter County

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a Level 2 registered sex offender has moved out of the county after residing in Gassville less than a month.

Sheriff Montgomery says 47-year-old David James Howell has moved from OMART at 116 Snowball Lane in Gassville to a transitional living facility in Pine Bluff. In mid February, Montgomery had advised the public of Howell moving to the Gassville location after being released from the Omega Technical Violator Center in Malvern. Howell is the second sex offender to move from Baxter County this week. On Monday, Sheriff Montgomery advised an offender not yet assigned a risk level by the Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment program had relocated to Texas.

Level 2 is considered at moderate risk to re-offend. Howell was convicted in December 1998 of first-degree sexual abuse. The crime involved the offender fondling the private area of a five-year-old female. Community notification was justified due to the young age of the victim at the time the crime occurred.

Howell 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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