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Sex offenders must be registered
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GROVETON — Charles Preston Cliatt, 47 was arrested on Dec. 7, and charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Duty to Register, a felony offense. The arrest came after a report was made to Trinity County Sheriff, Woody Wallace, and after a brief investigation officers determined that Cliatt was violation. Cliatt had Registered as a Sex Offender on October 21, 2013 claiming an address in Kennard, which is located in Houston County, although, he had been living in Trinity County since August. Under Texas State Law, a convicted sex offender must register in the county in which they currently reside within 7 days of arriving. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office takes these actions seriously and has a zero tolerance for sex offenders in non-compliance. "If sex offenders are here they better be registered and in compliance with the law, if not, I will send them back to TDCJ where they belong," stated Wallace. Cliatt's bond is set at $20,000. Residents can keep up with sex offenders in their area with several different websites. The DPS website has a registry of all sex offenders in the state go to: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/index.aspx. You can also go to: www.familywatchdog.us; or, www.criminalwatchdog.com; or you can be set up with alerts from sexoffender-alert.com. On this website a user account can be created and alerts will be sent out every time a sex offender registers in close vicinity. Residents are encouraged to call the Sheriff's office for any suspicious activities of a sex offender.