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Sex Offender Alert From Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to Act 1353 of 1999, the Sex and Child Offender Registration and the Community Notification Guideline promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, which authorized law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s location. The release of such information is only to enhance public safety and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

Douglas Ray Gross is a level 4 sex offender. He was found guilty of Guilty o fIndecent Exposure. Furthermore, Gross’ previous criminal history places him in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend. Gross has informed the Polk County Sheriff’s Ofice that he will be living at 228 Polk Road 302 in Mena.

Gross is 5’9”, 160 pounds with red hair and brown eyes.

Gross is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to encrease fear, but rather, it is the belief of law enforcement agencies that an informed public is a safer public.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offender will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

Law enforcement officials believe the only person who wins if the commuiity notification ends, is the sex offender since sex offenders derive thier power through secrecy.

For more information, contact Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 479-394-2511.

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