Originally created 09/13/03

Police say offender neglected to register



Authorities have arrested a man who they said failed to register as a sex offender in Jefferson County after moving from the northeastern United States, and who was allegedly found to have distributed child pornography.

Lawrence Jackson, 78, of Ramsgate Drive in Wrens, was arrested Wednesday by officials from the Wrens Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Mike Seigler, the agent in charge of the GBI's Thomson office.

Agent Seigler said Mr. Jackson had multiple sex offense convictions against children in Washington, D.C., and in New York state, and had not registered in Georgia.

He also said investigators found that Mr. Jackson had given someone a videotape in late August that contained child pornography.

Agent Seigler said additional videotapes were seized by authorities.

Mr. Jackson is listed as a registered sex offender at the New York State Sex Offender Registry, which indicates a May 1988 conviction for offenses against a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old.

No entry for Mr. Jackson could be found at the District of Columbia Sex Offender Registry Web site Friday, nor was he listed at the GBI's Web site.

Agent Seigler said convicted sex offenders must register with their local sheriff's office within 60 days of moving to Georgia.

Georgia law also requires registration from out-of-state sex offenders who come into the state to work for more than 14 consecutive days or more than 30 days in a year, in addition to those who attend school in Georgia full- or part-time, according to the Official Code of Georgia.

Agent Seigler said that the investigation is ongoing, and that there might be other charges filed in the case.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.