A pair of registered sex offenders have moved to Baxter County. According to Sheriff John Montgomery, 66-year-old Steven Michael McNabb is living homeless in the Mountain Home area, and 47-year-old Hans Hess is residing at 70 Little Round Top Trail in Jordan.
McNabb was assigned a Level 4 risk level, which is considered a sexually-dangerous person. He was convicted in May 2000 of criminal conspiracy to commit rape and first-degree sexual abuse. McNabb's offenses involved him engaging in sexual contact with a then 12-year-old male and introducing a 10- or 11-year-old male to a known pedophile. Due to his homeless status, he is required by Arkansas law to report to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office in person more frequently than normal.
Hess was assigned a Level 3 risk level, which is considered at high risk to re-offend. He was convicted on two counts of rape in September 1997. Hess' offenses involved him engaging in ongoing sexual contact with a then four-year-old female relative by marriage who was visiting the home. He allegedly told authorities at the time he was sexually attracted to young girls around that age.
McNabb and Hess are 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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