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Repeat sex offender given two years
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A repeat sex offender was given two years in prison for failing to abide by the rules of the sex offender registry.
The defendant, Bernard Lee Hope, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of violation of the sexual offender law. He was sentenced to serve two years in the state penitentiary in addition to any other time he may be facing.
Hope was collared for failing to timely reveal his new location in Warren County. Sexual offenders are tracked by the state sexual offender registry. They are required to list themselves upon conviction of most sexual crimes. They then have 48 hours to advise the state of any new address.
In court papers, it was revealed Hope failed to live up to his agreement. Prosecutors used several pieces of evidence to bring the charges including his Facebook business records.
Making things worse for Hope, his arrest for violating the terms of the registry marked his fifth arrest for a sexual-related crime.
His most recent arrest came in neighboring Grundy County when he was convicted of violating the sexual offender law last May. He was convicted of the same charge in Allegheny County, N.Y., in November 2011. Prior to that time his original sex crime came in March 2004 when he was convicted on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of corruption of a minor. Those crimes were committed in Lake County in West Tennessee.