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May 18, 2013

Sex offender fails to register

Cullman City police officers responded to a domestic violence call late last week and left with one man arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

John James Holliday, 25, was arrested on Friday at 2:20 p.m. after officers learned he had failed to register as a sex offender when moving to Cullman. Holliday was convicted in 2009 of sexual abuse of a child under 12. Assistant Police Chief City Police Department Craig Green said officers responded to a call and when checking Holliday out, he was on the sex offender registry.

“We received a domestic violence call on Brunner Street,” Green said. “This gentleman and his brother got into a verbal argument. After looking into the call, police discovered Holliday was a registered sex offender out of Walker County.”

Green said Holliday had been living on Brunner Street in Cullman for over a month and the state law requires sex offenders to register within seven days of moving to a new residence. There are also restrictions on where a sex offender can or cannot live.

“His current address is listed in Jasper,” Green said. “He has active warrants on him in Winston and Walker counties.”

Failing to register as a sex offender is a Class-C felony. He is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center and no bond has been set because of holds on him from other counties.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

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