March 14, 2007
MARTINEZ, Ga.---A misprint on Columbia County's sex offender registry has led to questions over how the sheriff's office got an address wrong.
They say it was just simply a mistake.
The registry is designed to educate homeowners, not confuse them...and as you're about to see, this address did just that.
Along Old Evans, the house numbers go from 408 to 412. No big deal, right?
Last week, registered sex offender Steven Pack's residence was listed as 410 Old Evans Road--a place that doesn't even exist.
"Right now we're not quite sure how that particular address came about," said Capt. Steve Morris. "It appears to have just been a mistake."
He says it was a clerical mistake made by both law enforcement and steven pack.
That mistake prompted half a dozen phone calls to both News 12 and the sheriff's office, partially due to the close proximity of South Columbia Elementary School.
"There's no criminal intent, or no intent whatsoever made by Mr. Pack that we can tell," Capt. Morris said.
Pack's real address is 410 Evans Mills, about a mile away.
We went there, but he wasn't home.
Right across the street, though, we found Kisha Hardy, a mother of two young boys. Upon hearing that Pack is her neighbor, she said she was worried.
News 12: "What are you worried about?"
Hardy: "My kids. Really, now, my kids. I thought the neighborhood was okay."
Her fears are a reminder why the sheriff's office posts the home addresses of registered sex offenders like Steven Pack...and it's a reminder why it's important they get it right.
"For what we can tell right now, there are no other mistakes. But to say there will not be in the future is probably silly," Capt. Morris said.
There are 42 registered sex offenders in Columbia County.
Of course, deputies are required to monitor them at least once a year to make sure they're living where they say they live, drive what they say they drive and work where they say they work.
In this case, Mr. Pack was a newly-registered offender, and as soon as they saw the mistake, they corrected it. Thanks again to our viewers for catching that.