By Bert Case
PEARL (WLBT) - Some residents in Pearl are hoping the signs they've posted along Areo Drive will make a registered sex offender want to move from the neighborhood.
Bob Mitchell plays a guitar for a living at a local nightclub. He is leading the effort to warn residents that a sex offender lives on the street.
Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington says [name withheld] has registered with his office as a sex offender. According to Pennington, [name withheld] was convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes in 1999.
Mitchell hopes to run [name withheld] out of the neighborhood by putting up the signs.
Rusty Toler, who lives at 165 Areo Drive, does not have a sign in his front yard, but he hopes [name withheld] moves somewhere else.
Sheriff Pennington said he would check to see if [name withheld] had properly notified the highway patrol of a move he has made.
The Mississippi registry clearly states:
"Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution. The sale or exchange of sex offender information for profit is prohibited. Misuse of this information is a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or both."