A rural Baxter County man was arrested today without incident for failing to comply with the Arkansas sex offender registration law. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says 53 year old Donald Lafayette Raney had moved from his residence on County Road 159 on December 6 and failed to notify the sheriff 10 days prior to moving, as required by law. Raney is being held in the Baxter County Jail on $15,000 bond pending court appearance on December 27.
According to the sheriff, Donald Raney is a level four sex offender which is defined as a sexually violent predator. He was convicted in the state of Indiana in 2002 of sexual battery and has past convictions for terroristic threatening, carrying a knife, burglary, criminal trespass, sexual misconduct, driving under the influence and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
The state sex offender screening and risk assessment also issued special considerations concerning Donald Raney including refraining from abusing alcohol and drugs. He should not be in a relationship, occupational or residential setting with unsupervised access to minors; he needs to maintain a stable residence and comply with the requirements of the state verification requirements of the sex offender law and should be placed under the broadest and most visible means of notification. The sheriff says this is justified because Raney committed multiple, violent sexual offenses against female acquaintances and revealed he likes to hitchhike for fun.