Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 11, 2014

Man faces 16 counts of failure to update sex offender registry

PRINCETON — What began as a traffic violation morphed in to multiple felony charges for a Bluefield area man who officials say had not kept his sex offender registration updated.

Stuart Hampton Jr., 47, was arrested on 16 felony charges related to sex offender registry violations late Sunday afternoon, said Cpl. J.C. Long, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.

The incident began when Trooper J.R. Tupper pulled Hampton over for a traffic violation, Cpl. Long said. Hampton was ultimately cited for improper turn, improper registration, driving suspended (unpaid citations) and driving revoked for DUI.

Long, who oversees compliance on the sex offender registry in Mercer County, said Trooper Tupper had arrested Hampton and had him at the detachment for processing.

Long stopped by the detachment on an unrelated matter and learned of Hampton’s arrest. “Trooper Tupper said, ‘Hey, I arrested one of the sex offenders out in the county regarding a traffic stop.’ I inquired of the vehicle, because Hampton had never reported a vehicle on his registry.”

Long said Hampton did not own the vehicle, but he had access to it and used it on a regular basis, thus it should have been reported on his sex offender registration.

Hampton was arrested on 16 counts of three charges including providing false sex offender information, failure to report a vehicle and failure to report a telephone number, Long said. Each count carries a possible penalty of one to five years in prison.

— Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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