Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2014

Mother, son arrested on sex offender charges

PRINCETON — A mother who authorities say lied about her son’s residence is facing a charge of aiding and abetting a sex offender, while her son has been arrested on a failure to register charge.

Rodney Bruce “Boo” Wimbish, 41, of Princeton, was arrested for second offense failure to register as a sex offender as a result of a routine compliance check Monday evening, said Cpl. J.C. Long, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment. Wimbish’s mother, Fondaleen “Fonda” Bullock, 61, was also arrested for aiding, abetting and harboring a sex offender.

Long said the arrest was made after conflicting statements were given about the specific residence Wimbish was living in on Haw Pond Farm Road.

“Bullock was covering for him, saying he was living with her the whole time since he moved back from Florida earlier this year, when actually he was living in the house behind hers,” Long said.

Wimbish was also arrested in January for a sex offender registration violation. “He moved to Florida in 2012 and then moved back, and he did not register this location change,” Long said. “He was there from November of 2012 to January of this year.”

Long said the charge of aiding and abetting a sex offender is a felony offense. He said arrests on these charges don’t happen often, but he has made a few through the years.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a spouse, parent, grandparent, buddy, boss — if you’re aiding and abetting a sex offender, you’re committing a felony,” Long said.

The compliance check and subsequent arrests were made by Trooper W.H. File.

Long said Wimbish and Bullock were arraigned Monday night before Mercer County Magistrate Jim Dent and were released on bond.

Wimbish’s initial sex offender arrest occurred in Florida, where he was convicted on a lewd and lascivious charge. He served approximately 90 days in a correctional facility and was given two years probation. The victim was a female age 13-17.

— Contact Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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