Two Arrested After Sex Offender Checks
Two convicted sex offenders who currently live in Madison County have been arrested on new charges, after deputies say they violated the Sex Offender Registry law. Over the past week, deputies have conducted check ups on 50 convicted sex offenders. Dickie Bearden, 56, of 7 Bermuda Drive, and Johnny Davis, 51, of 49 Robin Hood Lane, were arrested. Deputies say Davis was charged because he had moved and not informed the department, which is required by the law. Officers say when they arrived at Bearden’s home, they saw kid’s toys on the floor. A one-year-old child was found hiding in a closet by officers. As a convicted sex offender, it is illegal for Bearden to have children living in his house. Bearden is currently free on $7,500 bond. “We know that in so many cases they tend to prey on young children,” said Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork. “I think we have a responsibility to protect our innocent children in this community.” According to Sheriff Woolfork, unannounced check ups on convicted sex offenders happen every six-months to a year.