A St. Johns County sexual predator is facing two felony charges for not alerting authorities that he had moved and was living in a motel. Kirby Miller is charged with two third-degree felonies after police say he was living in a St. Johns County motel for more than a month without registering with police, according to a report on News4Jax. Miller faces up to five years in prison on each count and could go to prison for as many as 10 years in this St. Johns County Sex Crimes case.
Had Miller not been involved in a fight at the motel, he may have gone undetected even longer. Police responded to a fight where Miller was the alleged victim, the television station reported. When police ran his name through their database, they found he was a sexual predator whose last listed address was in Duval County, the television station reported. Miller’s St. Johns County Sex Crimes Case is not uncommon and typifies the cycle that is often seen in people who are convicted of sex crimes. In most cases when someone is convicted of or pleads guilty to a St. Johns County Sex Crime, the defendant is required to register as either a sexual offender or sexual predator – depending on the severity of the crime. Part of the requirement is that registered sexual offenders must notify police within 48 hours if they move. This is done so police know where sexual offenders are, and it also allows police to determine if the person is legally allowed to be there.
Sexual offenders have restrictions as to where they can live and, for example, cannot live within more than 1,000 feet of a school. It’s unclear whether or not the motel Miller was living in would have qualified, but his St. Johns County Sex Crime was not alerting authorities when he moved. Sex offenders also must check in with authorities at least every six months – more often if the crime is more severe and police will sometimes check on their own to see if people are still living where they say they are living. Sex crimes stick with a person more publicly than any other type of crime – including murder. Once a person does move and properly registers, neighbors are alerted that a sex offender has moved in and the notification includes the specific charge that qualified the person as a sex offender. Failure to closely adhere to every aspect of the sex offender registration can trigger a new third-degree felony – as it did in Miller’s St. Johns County Sex Crimes Case. Our St. Johns County Sex Crimes Attorney can advise you of all of the potential consequences in a sex crimes case – including the parameters of registration.
If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm at (904) 365-5200 for a FREE CONSULTATION. Our St. Johns County Sex Crimes Attorney, Victoria “Tori” Mussallem, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.