ROCKINGHAM —The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a convicted sex offender.
According to an arrest warrant, 39-year-old Dennis Keith Taylor Jr. failed to notify the sheriff’s office of an address change, which is a felony.
The warrant lists Taylor’s last known address as being on Williams Street in Hamlet.
Taylor does not show up in a search of the SBI’s Sex Offender Registry.
Deputies say there is also a federal warrant for Taylor’s arrest, but did not have details.
Taylor is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, about 250 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes, according to an information sheet. He has storm tattoo on his right arm; a cross, tribal symbol, bat and the name “Zack” on his left arm; and a tombstone with “RIP Ronald Taylor” on his back
He was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in 2002 — a charge stemming from the previous year — received a split sentence and spent four months behind bars, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. He was convicted later that year on misdemeanor charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and “other misdemeanant.”
Records show Taylor went back to prison for 13 months the following year when his probation was revoked after being convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female.
He previously served 18 months, from January 14, 1999 to July 21, 2000, after his probation was revoked from a 1998 conviction on five counts of selling a Schedule II controlled substance, according to state records.
Court records show he has no other pending charges in North Carolina.
Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 910-895-3232 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.
According to the sheriff’s office there are 133 registered sex offenders in Richmond County. Last month, the deputy assigned to keep tabs on them performed 32 random checks and all were found to be in compliance.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 or [email protected]