Over the course of two hours Wednesday afternoon, Williamsburg police arrested two sex offenders for first-offense failing to comply with the sex offender registry.
"The arrests were the result of tips the Williamsburg Police Department received from concerned citizens. After receiving the tips, Officer Brandon White started his investigation and determined both individuals were not living at the residence in which they were registered," Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said in a press release.
About 1:48 p.m., White arrested Scott A. Jones, 32, at 335 Rains Street in Williamsburg, but his legally registered address was 354 Upper Briar Creek Road, Bird said.
Jones told police that he had been living in Apartment 101 of the Williamsburg Housing Authority for the past two months, but failed to register with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, according to his arrest citation.
According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, Jones was convicted of third-degree rape of a 15-year-old. He is required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
About 3:43 p.m., White arrested Danny W. Fritts, 45, at Apartment 656 Brush Arbor, but Fritts had a legally registered address of 1602 Deep Branch Road, according to police.
Fritts told police that he had been staying at the Brush Arbor apartment about 90 percent of the time and was living with his girlfriend, Tanya Fisher and her small children, according to his arrest citation.
"His girlfriend wrote a statement reporting him living at Brush Arbor Apartments. As officers were leaving, one child asked his mother, ‘Does this mean Danny won’t be living here anymore?’" White wrote on the arrest citation.
According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, Fritts is a move in offender from Michigan, who was originally convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The age of the victim was eight years old.
Fritts is required to register as a sex offender for life, according to the registry.
Both Fritts and Jones failed to notify their address change as required by law, and were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center, Bird wrote.
District Judge Cathy Prewitt entered not guilty pleas for both Fritts and Jones during their arraignments Thursday afternoon on the charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration.
Prewitt appointed the public advocate’s office to represent each defendant, scheduled Monday afternoon preliminary hearings in their cases, and set $7,500 cash bonds for both men.