Current whereabouts of sexual predator unknown

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September 28, 2006

Aiken County has three sex offenders registered as violent predators.

Investigators can't seem to find one of them.

59-year-old Tony Lacarter is wanted for failing to re-register with the sheriff's office.

South Carolina's sex offender laws have recently changed. All offenders are now required to register twice a year instead of only once.

But those labeled as a predator, like Lacarter, are supposed to check in four times a year.

He hasn't.

Just check Lacarter's listing on the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry, and it's easy to see why investigators want to get this man back under their watch.

Tony Lacarter has been convicted of first degree criminal sexual conduct three times: in 1985, 1991 and yet again in 1992.

The 1991 case involved a six-year-old girl.

"It's proven sex offenders have a high recidivism rate, and that's why registering is so important," says Capt. Charles Barranco with Aiken County.

This three-time convicted sexual predator's last address is a house he rented off Old Ridge Road in North Augusta, just across the street from a school bus stop.

It is the last address he gave authorities back in May...but once his neighbors and the property owner learned of his criminal history, they say he was evicted.

Now investigators believe Lacarter may have left the area.

"Lacarter doesn't have a residence," Capt. Barranco told News 12. "That's what makes it more difficult to locate him."

Lacarter was arrested again on June 29 for a probation violation, then released a month later.

Because investigators make frequent checks with sexual predators, they say most offenders often comply with the registration requirements.

His daughter told us she believes Lacarter may be living in Florida.