Tracking a Predator: Billy Joe Jefferson

Crime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Billy Joe Jefferson was arrested.

ORIGINAL STORY: WIAT 42 News is partnering with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to catch sexual predators hiding from the law. Billy Joe Jefferson hasn’t registered with law enforcement in almost a year.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has been looking for Jefferson for almost a year. 44-year-old Jefferson is 6’3″ and weighs 240 pounds.

“Jefferson is a convicted sex offender for sexual abuse first degree of a 20 year old female back in 2003 right here in Jefferson County,” Sheriff Mike Hale said. Jefferson last registered October 6, 2014 to the homeless address of the 9300 block of 8th Avenue  North.

It might seem like a contradiction to register as homeless. WIAT went with sheriff’s deputies as they did sex offender checks. One individual was living in the cab of a truck.

“Its where he stated he was residing and he’s here and he’s in compliance,” Lt. Jacob Reach said. Jefferson is wanted by authorities on several felony warrants, including failure to register as homeless and having tools that could be used in a burglary.

his bond is well over $50,000. Sheriff Hale is confident that with your help, they can track these predators down.

“Success rate will be high and we’ll have a safer Jefferson County because of your participation,” Hale said.

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