A sex offender convicted 20 years ago of second-degree sodomy in Alabama has recently been arrested in Tennessee for alleged failure to register with that state's sex offender database. According to reports, Donna Jean Corley was picked up by Pulaski police after it was learned that she had not registered her home address of 637 Magazine Road with the state's sexual offenders registry.
Police chief, John Dickey, explained that the 65-year-old Corley, also known as Donald Gene Thorn, was arrested on April 24 and released the next day once bond of $3,500 had been posted. According to police, Corley is known by another alias, that of Hornbuckle. The suspect was bound over to a grand jury in Giles County on May 7.
Persons accused of sex crimes can have a difficult time fighting those charges. As seen here, a conviction follows you wherever you go, making it very difficult to lead a normal life. All the more reason to retain a legal professional who has experience representing individuals accused of sex offenses. As a Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney, I have the skills to see that your rights are defended properly in a court of law.
In this particular case, the defendant is facing jail time for non-compliance with state sex offender laws. According to news reports, the assistant district attorney stated that failure to comply with the sexual offender registry is a Class E felony. If convicted, Corley could be sentenced from 90 days to two years in jail, while also being fined a minimum of $350.
More damning is the statement of a local resident who claims to know Corley. Stating that the defendant regularly attended an auction in Alabama, the resident said Corely would buy Teddy bears and other stuffed animals and "hand them out to the children who were there with their parents.” The person continued, “She would also buy bicycles and give them away to the children at the auction. These were kids she didn't even know.”
If you or a relative has been accused of or arrested for a sex offense, Eversole Law strongly urges you to contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer to be sure that your case is handled correctly.
Alleged Registry Violation Goes to Grand Jury, GilesNews.us, May 13, 2009
Corley Case Bound Over To Grand Jury, WKSR, May 12, 2009