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Lockhart sought after failing to register as sex offender

Saturday, May 20, 2023 - A felony arrest warrant was issued May 8 for a Muldrow man accused of failing to comply with sex offender registration.

Anthony Lockhart, 48, could face up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

On April 4, a Muldrow police officer learned that Lockhart was a convicted sexual offender currently registered with the Town of Muldrow. Records show that he was arrested in March and was later released on probation.

According to police reports, Lockhart tried to register with the City of Fort Smith, where he has family, but there was an issue with him registering with the city. He had stayed there under a travel pass until the city would not let him remain, he said.

He then tried to register with the Town of Roland, but the location was too close to a day care center.

Since he was homeless, he went to the last registered town to register there on transient status, which was Muldrow. Lockhart was able to find lodging at the Economy Inn in Muldrow and the officer told him that under his temporary status he would be required to register every seven days.

According to the police report, on April 26, Lockhart registered in the Town of Muldrow, but on May 3, Lockhart failed to appear as scheduled and numerous attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

The manager of the motel verified that Lockhart was still in good standing there.

Lockhart’s probation officer told the policeman that the man also failed to meet with him on May 4.

His bond was set at $5,000.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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