Convicted sex offender arrested for failing to register & failure to appear

Local - 9/9/2013 11:09 AM by Nadine Grimley
BECKLEY - A convicted sex offender from Ohio was arrested Friday for failure to register and a fugitive charge.

Robert Gerald Harris, 52, had recently moved to the Beckley area, but never changed his address from Ohio.  During the investigation, Cpl. R.A. Daniel discovered that Harris operated a vehicle not listed on his sex offender registry and drove without a license.  Harris was convicted in 1987 for the rape of a 17-year-old girl and by law must register for life.

A routine check also revealed that Harris had an unrelated fugitive warrant in Pennsylvania for failure to appear on a burglary charge.

He's currently in Southern Regional Jail pending extradition to Pennsylvania. 

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