Man charged with failing to register as a sex offender for second time


A man required to register as a sex offender because of sexual misconduct with a 10-year-old is accused of failing to register as a sex offender in Miller County.

Thomas Melvin Schermerhorn, 48, is required to register and must notify authorities of any change in residence or employment because of a 2002 conviction for sexual abuse in Cortland County, New York involving a 10-year-old girl, according to sex offender registries in New York. According to that state’s registry, Schermerhorn was convicted January 9, 2002, for sexually abusing a child May 12, 2001.

Schermerhorn was assessed a five-year term of probation March 8, 2016, in Miller County after pleading guilty before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones for violating sex offender registration requirements in January 2016. According to court records in that case, Schermerhorn told officials he was planning a move to Tennessee and Arkansas probation authorities intended to transfer supervision of his case to that state.

This week Schermerhorn was formally charged with the same offense by prosecutors in Miller County. Court records allege Schermerhorn failed to report a change in address or employment June 2. Officials could file a motion to revoke Schermerhorn’s existing probation as well.

If convicted, Schermerhorn could receive three to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and be assessed a fine up to $10,000. Schermerhorn is currently being held in the Miller County jail.

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