CAIRO — A convicted sex offender who had fled the area is now back in custody following intervention from the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Grady County Sheriff’s Office had received information in March that Tommy Griffin, 59, had absconded from Grady County and moved to Alabama, a violation of a court order stemming from a child molestation conviction in Decatur County in 1994
Captain Daniel Singletary, chief investigator with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, said Griffin had registered with Grady County authorities in February but did not check in as mandated on March 27. A warrant was then sworn for Griffin’s arrest.
Using information received from an individual who had been living with Griffin, authorities learned that the fugitive had crossed state lines into Alabama to live with his son, a violation of the federal Adam Walsh Act. Investigators determined a location where Griffin was believed to be sheltering, and that information was turned over to the U.S. Marshals.
“They’ve got more tools and more people-tracking stuff than we do,” Singletary said.
Griffin was located and arrested in Dothan, Alabama on Monday morning by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that Griffin will be extradited back to Grady County on Tuesday where he will face a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender. He also will face a probation violation in Early County.
Additionally, the U.S. Marshals have opened a federal case against Griffin for violation of the Adam Walsh Act.
“Offenders who flee the state of registration without notification can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Singletary said.