Sex offender, girlfriend arrested in Jackson County

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Willie James Knight

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Martisa Bolton Rogers


A sex offender was arrested on charges of not complying with state regulations, and his girlfriend was charged with false reporting of a crime for allegedly lying about his whereabouts, authorities said.

Willie James Knight, 36, of the 2100 block of Laurel Glen Road in Gautier, was charged Friday when he reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s substation in St. Martin to provide proof of residency as required by law, Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Martisa Bolton Rogers, 42, told authorities during a recent visit to the Gautier address that Knight was not there and she did not know his whereabouts, Byrd said.

Knight’s last registered his address Oct. 16, according to state records. Rogers was with Knight when he went to register, and both were arrested at the substation.

“She lied to us,” Byrd said. “She said he wasn’t there when he was.”

Knight was charged with probation violation and Rogers was charged with false reporting a crime.

Rogers was freed from the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on Monday on bail set at $2,500. Knight is not eligible for bail because he violated his parole conditions, Byrd said.

Knight, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan in 1996, now faces up to five years in prison, if convicted of parole violation.

Mississippi requires all paroled sex offenders living within the state to register their address with the state Department of Public Safety within three days of moving to Mississippi or being released from state prison.

The Department of Safety lists them on the state sex offender Web site. Offenders must then verify their address every 90 days by providing proof they live at the registered home.

By Cherie Ward

News from The Mississippi Press 

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