Another sex offender moves out of county

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery is notifying the public a registered sex offender, 53-year-old Lee Blanchard, has moved outside of Baxter County. Blanchard is the third registered sex offender to move from Baxter County in the past eight days.

Blanchard had been residing at 2085 State Highway 5 South, #3 since moving to Baxter County in January. His new address is 136 Wood Stone Road in Bull Shoals.

He was found guilty of three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Acadia Parish, Louisiana in 2009 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, with five years suspended. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Available documentation does not provide specific details of these crimes.

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

He 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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