Arthur Edward Spicer, 37, of 6664 Dovecote Drive in Columbia, was the only offender Howard County detectives were unable to locate. Police issued an additional warrant for failing to pay child support. (Howard County Police Department)
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COLUMBIA, Md. - Howard County police found and arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday after he had gone missing, according to a release.
"Arthur Edward Spicer, Jr., 37, a missing sex offender who was wanted by Howard County police for non-compliance with registry requirements and unpaid child support, was located a short time ago at a friend's residence in Laurel, Prince George's County," police said. "He was arrested without incident."
“This is a time of year that concerns us, particularly because we're approaching Halloween. And while every sex offender isn't necessarily a child sex offender, we want to do everything we can to keep our kids safe," Howard Co. police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.
Howard County police have issued a warrant for a missing sex offender after officers conducted a thorough search of the homes of all 104 offenders living in the county ahead of Halloween, according to a release.
The goal of the search was to make sure all members on the Sex Offender Registry living in Howard County were compliant with reporting requirements. Offenders are forbidden from participating in door-to-door Halloween festivities.
Arthur Edward Spicer, 37, of 6664 Dovecote Drive in Columbia, was the only offender detectives were unable to locate. Police issued an additional warrant for failing to pay child support.
"We wanted to do this sweep before Halloween to make sure we know where our sex offenders are living," said Police Chief William McMahon in a release. "We recommend that parents check the sex offender registry before taking their children trick-or-treating."
All offenders are verified multiple times a year, the release states.
“Offenders are required to re-register regularly with the police department, based on their sentencing requirements set by the court,” the release states. “A detective team conducts verification operations on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
“The registry verification effort is conducted through the Howard County Child Advocacy Center, a multi-disciplinary team that includes police, parole and probation officials, and the state's attorney's office, among others,” the release continued.
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