2017-07-12 / Police & Safety

Seatbelt stop leads to arrest of Arkansas sex offender

by Trish Rudder

Richard E. Daugherty, 40, of Great Cacapon, formerly of Arkansas, was arrested on Saturday, July 1 for failing to register as a sexual offender or provide notice of registration changes, third offense.

Daugherty was stopped at the intersection of U.S. Rt. 522 and Jimstown Road by West Virginia State Police Cpl. Samuel R. Smith for failing to wear his seatbelt and driving with a defective rear brake light.

When Smith ran a driver’s license check on Daugherty, he found that Daugherty was listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database regarding a protection order filed on October 31, 2016 in reference to Daugherty being a “Sexually Violent Predator and having violent tendencies,” according to the criminal complaint filed in the Morgan County Magistrate Court.

Daugherty has an Arkansas driver’s license and vehicle registration and allegedly told Smith he had moved to Cox’s Campground in Great Cacapon.

Smith contacted the Fulton County, Ark. authorities and learned that Daugherty had last registered with its agency in February, and he had advised the agency that he was moving to West Virginia.

Daugherty allegedly told Smith he had been residing at the campground residence since June 1.

Smith then determined that Daugherty had failed to register within the 10-day registration requirement “with him being a lifetime registrant with the State of West Virginia, due to the victim being 13-17 years of age,” Smith wrote in the criminal complaint.

Daugherty was then placed into custody for failing to register as a sexual offender, Smith’s complaint said.

Police records indicate Daugherty’s criminal history shows that he was convicted for numerous registration/ failing to register convictions on January 23, 2001, January 4, 2002, July 12, 2002 and October 6, 2005.

"Although most citizens view traffic stops as an aggravation, more often than not, it leads to arrests of such dangerous felons like Mr. Daugherty," Smith told The Morgan Messenger.

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