San Augustine man arrested for allegedly failing to comply with sex offender registration

Darren Martin (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)
Darren Martin (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - San Augustine County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 47-year-old man Thursday for allegedly failing to comply with the rules associated with sex offender registration.

"We had reason to believe that he was driving to Shelby County to stay with his mother during the week, and only coming back to San Augustine County on the weekends," Gary Cunningham, the chief deputy for the San Augustine Sheriff's Office, said. "According to the sex offender registration guidelines, you can't do that - you have to register where you spend the night each night."

Darren Martin, 47, of San Augustine, was booked in to that county's jail on Thursday on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration, a third-degree felony. Martin was released on a personal recognizance bond Friday morning.

Cunningham said that the SACSO did a sex offender compliance check in February 2012, and Martin was found to not be in compliance. He said that although Martin was given chance to correct the problem, he didn't, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in May.

"He's now in compliance, but coming in after the fact doesn't alleviate his past misdeeds," Cunningham said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's online sex offender database states that Martin's risk level is "moderate." Martin was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl on May 31, 2002 and sentenced to a 10-year prison term with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is currently on parole.

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