A registered sex offender was arrested on June 30 in Town Creek, Alabama, as a result of neighbors' allegations that children were staying with him. The 47-year-old was remanded to the Lawrence County Jail recently with bail set at $15,000. Charged with adult criminal sex offender-prohibited residence, Stephen Wayne Caldwell must now arrange for a new place to live — the location of his home, according to police reports, was in violation of Alabama laws governing persons convicted of sex crimes.
Having spent my career as a Birmingham, AL, criminal defense lawyer, I know a great deal about sex crimes defense and the penalties that convicted sex offenders typically face. I make every effort to provide an aggressive defense for individuals accused of sex crimes, but a person must also make an effort to improve their situation going forward. In this instance, the man apparently did not follow the rules set by the State of Alabama and register his residence with authorities — this is a requirement for persons convicted of a sex crime.
Previously convicted in a Kentucky federal court for possession and distribution ofchild pornography back in 1997, Caldwell has about six weeks to submit a new address to Alabama law enforcement, which is required for all convicted sex offenders living in this state. More importantly, he may end up facing additional legal complications due to allegations that his roommate's children were staying in the same residence with him. But this remains to be determined.
In any case, I always recommend that anyone accused of a crime should seek the services of a qualified and experienced criminal attorney. The state has a great deal of resources, which is why you need to have a tough litigator on your side.
Registered sex offender arrested after kids spend night at house, TimesDaily.com, July 9, 2009