A registered sex offender was acquitted of charges in Circuit Court on Monday.
Chad Everette Brown, a level 3 sex offender, had been charged with failure to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.
Lt. Paul Rice of the Van Buren County sheriff’s office testified that he had received information that Brown no longer lived at the address provided to the sheriff’s office. He said he went to the home on Prim Rose Lane in the Burnt Ridge area several times in March 2012 to speak with Brown and was never able to find him home. A warrant for Brown’s arrest was issued March 29, 2012, according to court documents.
Brown’s sister and mother testified in the bench trial before Judge Charles E. Clawson that Brown worked long hours away from the home, but did in fact live there. Clawson acquitted Brown of the charge.
Also in court Monday:
• Derek Charles Still pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to 36 months probation, fines, fees and court costs.
• Penny Britton pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to 36 months probation, fines, fees and court costs.
• Trisha G. Gann Martin received 36 months probation, fines, fees and court costs after pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Amanda Collins pleaded guilty to forgery and received 60 months probation. She also was ordered to pay $699.87 in restitution.
• Jacob Davis admitted missing probation meetings and was sentenced to 60 months in the Department of Correction on a parole revocation.
• Joshua Sterling was sentenced to 60 months in prison on a parole revocation. He was given 106 days jail credit.
• Clara Franks pleaded guilty to commercial burglary and received 60 months probation. A restitution amount will be determined at a later date.