FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — They are marginalized because they have been convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor or any dangerous sexual offense.
These individuals — three women and about 110 men — live in Forsyth County and must abide by the sexual offender records, which are entered on a searchable registry by the Department of Corrections and State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Failure to register yearly can result in additional felony charges.
On April 2, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office launched a hunt for Curtis Joe Motes, 27, after “Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Violation of Probation.”
Motes is required to register annually as a convicted sex offender and failed to do so last month.
Motes’ last known address was 5774 Adrian Lane, Gainesville, Ga. in north Forsyth County.
He was convicted of child molestation in 2006 in Hall County.
According to Georgia Law, convicted sex offenders (any individual who has been convicted of a criminal sex offense in any state or territory) must register once a year with local law enforcement, providing accurate information about where they work and live. If registration information provided to the sheriff’s office is wrong or the offender has moved without notifying the sex offender unit, then legal actions is taken against the offender — such as Motes.
Presently, 113 sex offenders are living in Forsyth County and are required to register.
Eighteen offenders are currently incarcerated.
Since taking office in January, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper has worked to improve the process of verifying the whereabouts of registered sex offenders in the county.
Beginning in March, the newly formed Pro-Active Community Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) Unit and the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit began regular visits to the home address provided by sex offenders at the time they registered.
“The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is conducting these checks as a service to our community,” said Piper. “Our sex offender unit has done a great job making sure county sex offenders register. We are adding checks to verify that self-reported information from offenders is correct.”
If you have information on Curtis Joe Motes’ whereabouts, contact non-emergency Dispatch at 770-781-3087 or the CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line at 770-888-7308.