Prosecutor: “Sexually Violent Predator” Released From Jail; “Bad News”

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A man described by deputies as a “sexually violent predator” was released from Craighead County jail Thursday afternoon and will return to his Crawford County home, one week after the county prosecutor requested he be jailed on an alleged probation violation.

The news came Thursday from Crawford County prosecutor Marc McCune’s Facebook page, in which McCune wrote, “BAD NEWS: I was just informed that LEVEL 4 SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR Paul McGill has been released from Craighead County jail this afternoon and is headed back to the 1300 block of Oak Grove Road.”

McGill was jailed last week after Crawford County deputies said he slipped out of a house where he was supposed to be supervised 24 hours per day. McGill, 28, had initially been booked into the Crawford County Jail in August on suspicion of terroristic threatening.

Shortly after being booked by Crawford County deputies last week on suspected probation violation, McGill was released from jail on bond and returned to his home between Van Buren and Kibler. McCune then contacted Craighead County authorities to have them revoke McGill’s probation, and McGill was jailed in Craighead County.

Jimmy Damante, the Chief Deputy Sheriff of Crawford County, said McGill and his caretaker got into some sort of disturbance or fight in August. Damante said McGill then left the house and traveled on foot to the nearby home of an off-duty police officer.

The off-duty officer and his wife said McGill had a weapon in his hand that looked like a large wrench and was threatening to return to the home he lived in and kill his supervisor. The police officer called the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and deputies arrived to place McGill under arrest.

McGill had to be monitored at the home because he pleaded guilty of one count of sexual indecency with a child and terroristic threatening in Craighead County last year. The charges stemmed from offenses that occurred in 2011, according to court documents.

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