A former Hot Springs Village man who was required to register as a sex offender was arrested Thursday for allegedly lying to authorities about his residence and moving without giving notice.
Carl Dean Walker, 30, who now lists an address in Ward, was taken into custody in White County and extradited back to Hot Springs shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday on a felony charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
He was being held on $3,500 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court. He also had a hold placed on him by the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 21, 2010, Walker was convicted in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs on a federal charge of knowingly accessing with intent to view computers and CDs containing images of child pornography that were transmitted in interstate commerce, which required him register as a sex offender in Arkansas.
On April 5, 2018, Walker came to the Garland County Sheriff's Department and registered his address at a residence on Estremedura Drive in Hot Springs Village and signed the sex offender verification form.
On May 22, federal probation officers attempted to make contact with Walker in person at his listed address but found no one was present at the house and there was a "For Sale" sign in the front yard. The house reportedly appeared vacant.
On June 5, Walker again submitted his monthly supervision report to probation officers indicating his address was still the one listed on Estremedura Drive. The next day, officers returned to the residence to check and again found no one living there, determined there was no water or electricity at the residence and it still appeared vacant.
Based on the law requiring sex offenders to report any changes in residence to local law enforcement 10 days prior to moving, a warrant was issued for Walker's arrest on June 7.Local on 01/11/2019
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