Kristopher Kraig Jacobson, a convicted sex offender, was taken back to jail after he not only failed to notify authorities he’d moved, but also squandered what could be considered a legal second chance.

Jacobson, 23, who with his most recent violation now faces multiple felonies, was picked up a few days ago in Norwood by his probation officer for the offense.

Stanly County Sheriff’s investigators attempted to confirm his address and discovered he’d moved from his 2339 U.S. 52 N. address in Albemarle without notifying them.

They waited the required 10-day notification period, then arrested Jacobson, who they located with relative ease because of a condition of his previous conviction.

“Basically, I knew the general area he was in the whole time because of the GPS tracking anklet he has to wear,” Stanly County Sheriff’s Lt. Carla Eudy said.

Jacobson said he failed to contact authorities regarding his movements because he lacked a permanent address, but Eudy said that simply means more notifications.

“He’s got to let me know every time he changes addresses,” she said, “even if he’s only there for a few nights at a time.”

Establishing a permanent residence reduces the number of address reports to once every six months, plus intermittent random checks, but does not relieve registered offenders from reporting.

Jacobson faces two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender as well as probation violations.

He remains in the Stanly County Jail under a $12,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 3.

His current arrest means another spin of the judicial wheel for Jacobson, who first violated his probation in September.

He pleaded guilty in November to failure to register as a sex offender and received a Prayer for Judgement (PJC) from the court.

He was sentenced to probation, was designated a residence and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release.

He instead did none of those things.

When his probation officer discovered he’d neglected to register, he sought and located him on a college campus in Hickory.

From there he took him into custody, back to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and back to jail.

That’s when Jacobson, who is considered an aggravated offender because his victim was less than 12 years old, was first issued a court order for the use of the satellite-based GPS monitoring device to track his whereabouts 24 hours a day.

Convicted sex offenders in the state who fail to register on the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry are actively sought by law enforcement.

Authorities did not speculate as to how Jacobson’s recent behavior might affect his case in court.



Jay Almond can be contacted by e-mail at snaponline21@yahoo.com.

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