Sex Offender Arrested After Failing To Register, Police Say
A Springdale child sex offender is back behind bars after police say he failed to properly register following a conviction in January.
Joseph Edwards, 38, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of failure to comply with child sex offender laws. He remains in the Washington County Detention Center without bond because of an accused probation violation, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Edwards, a “high risk Level 3 sex offender,” was convicted in January, but failed to check in with local law enforcement, as required by state law. After a few weeks of searching for Edwards, Springdale police found him loitering at the Casey’s General Store on Old Missouri Road, according to the Springdale Police Department.
Edwards told police he is homeless.
Police have arrested Edwards four times since 2009, the most recent of which was in May 2013, after officers said Edwards was masturbating in his front yard.