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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Crawford County sends registered sex offender to prison on possession of drug paraphernalia charge

A recently homeless man who has ties to both Arkansas and Oklahoma and who has been a registered sex offender since 1996 was sentenced today to a stint in the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Crawford County Circuit Court. for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a social media post by Crawford County prosecuting attorney Kevin Holmes, Anthony Lockhart received the maximum sentence of six years in the ADC for the drug paraphernal arrest from November 11, 2022.

"Lockhart has been avoiding prison for a long time, but it finally caught up to him ," said Holmes. "He's a convicted sex offender who bounces between Arkansas and Oklahoma. Crawford County and the River Valley will be safer with him behind bars for the next few months. The Van Buren Police Department did a great job securing this criminal. "

Holmes gave praise to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Will Costner who secured the guilty verdict against Lockhart on Monday.

Lockhart was convicted of sexual battery on September 23rd 1996 in Virginia. He has had issues maintaining his registration as recently as July of this year.

Lockhart had been registered in Muldrow, then salt to move his registration to Roland but the address he wanted to live at was too close to a daycare center. He also tried to get registered in the city of Fort Smith but there were problems with verifying that registration and his attempts were rejected.

The 48-year-old Lockhart also had a fleeing on foot misdemeanor charge linked to the drug paraphernalia case.

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