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Wanted Raleigh Co. sex offender nabbed in Kansas

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A convicted sex offender charged in a recent sexual assault in Raleigh County has been captured in Kansas.
 
John Lee Smith, 48, of Beckley was apprehended Wednesday afternoon in Allen County, Kansas on a fugitive from justice warrant.
 
Smith maintains a 1984 conviction for the rape of an 8-year-old girl in Missouri, which requires him to register as a sex offender for life.
 
Smith had recently been arrested in Raleigh County on a sexual assault charge by the Beckley City Police Department. He was released from Southern Regional Jail on March 1 and failed to report to authorities -- as required by law -- within three days of his release.
 
Smith is currently being held in Kansas pending extradition back to West Virginia.
 
Following is the full release form the West Virginia State Police:
 
On Wed., Mar. 13, 2013 t 1215 hours, 48 yoa sex offender John Lee Smith of Beckley was arrested in Allen County, Kansas on a fugitive from justice warrant from Cpl. RA Daniel of the West Virginia State Police Beckley Detachment.
 Mr. Smith maintains a 1984 conviction in Chariton, MO for Rape of an 8 yoa female. He was currently registered in Raleigh County and must do so for life due to the victim being a minor.
 
He had been recently arrested on a sexual assault charge by the Beckley City Police Dept. and released from the Southern Regional Jail on Mar.,1, 2013. This officer obtained warrants after Mr. Smith failed to report within 3 days of his release from jail. Registered sex offenders are required to register within 3 business days of release from any incarceration, guilty finding or plea.
 
During attempts to locate Mr. Smith it was discovered that he had moved from his last registered Beckley address and his location was unknown. Sex offenders must also register within 10 business days of any change of registry information including but not limited to physical address and must also register 10 business days prior to moving outside of this jurisdiction, either to another county or state.
 
This officer entered Mr. Smith into NCIC as a wanted subject and was notified that he had been arrested in Kansas by the Allen County Sheriff Dept. at 1215 hours this date. He will remain in their custody pending extradition process to bring him back to WV. He is facing 4 counts of failing to register as a sex offender for 2nd or subsequent offense. A conviction for first offense failure to register maintains a possible 1-5 year sentence, while a second or subsequent conviction maintains a 15-25 year sentence for each count.
 
Mr. Smith maintains a previous conviction for failing to register as a sex offender in 2009 through Raleigh County.
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