“We moved to a small town to get away from crime.” Yet crime, including sex offenses, exists everywhere. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Criminal Intelligence Unit maintains the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.
In the little town of Wartrace, population 651 in the last census, there are at least four registered sex offenders. One offender was convicted for “sexual battery by an authority figure.” Another offender’s record reveals a 1987 charge of “assault with intent to rape” and a 1964 conviction of “attempted rape.” Both are men; there is also a female (classification: “Violent”) convicted of a 1980 “aggravated rape;” in 2005 she was arrested for “violation of sex offender registry” … and released on a $10,000 bond.
Located in West Tennessee, Samburg is listed as the Tennessee town with the smallest population: 214. There are at least three registered sex offenders in this area. One person was convicted of “deviant sexual assault.” Another has a 1999 charge of “criminal sexual conduct 1st Degree” defined as “…he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person at least 13 but less than 16 years of age …” (MORE HERE).
Graball has a median age of 61.3 years (compared to Tennessee’s 38.5 years) and a population of 236. It is an unincorporated town between Gallatin and Portland. Within a four-mile radius from the town center there are offenders listed on the TBI Registry for “criminal attempt to commit sexual battery” and “criminal attempt to commit sexual assault” (“Violence Against Children” classification), rape, statutory rape (incest), and one offender has three counts of “aggravated sexual battery against children.”
None of these cases made headlines, nor were they covered by local news. The offenders live among the community, adhering to specific requirements and laws. They are community neighbors; they shop in the same stores and drive on the same streets as law-abiding citizens.
A sexual offender is defined in TCA § 40-39-102 (4) as “a person who is, or has been, convicted … of committing an act which would have constituted a sexual offense.” According to a 2003 study of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry, the Registry began in 1999 with approximately 3,200 offenders; it has nearly doubled in size. This study has pertinent facts about the registry: CLICK HERE.
For more information about sex offender registry in Tennessee, go to the website of the TBI: CLICK HERE. Note: The registry does not include offenders who are not registered; who are unavailable due to death, incarcerated, absconder status, expunge of records, or relocation out of TN. or offenders whose status is listed as “active.”
DO NOT CONTACT ANY PERSONS ON THIS LIST.
*2010 was the last census.