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Convicted sex offender arrested for living with three children

Jeff Bobo • Jun 20, 2018 at 7:50 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A convicted sex offender who was already awaiting trial in Hawkins County Criminal Court for allegedly visiting a school has been arrested again accused of living with three small children.

Troy Lee Hamilton, 38, 1606 Old Route 70S, Rogersville, was scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on June 8 where he faces two felony counts for allegedly violating the terms of his supervision for life.

Those charges related to Hamilton allegedly visiting Joseph Rogers Primary School last October.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Don Mitchell received a complaint in October of 2017 that Hamilton had been at JRPS, which his girlfriend’s child attended, and that he was listed as "stepparent" on the school’s emergency contact sheet.

Mitchell determined that during that time Hamilton lived with his girlfriend and her children, ages 5, 9 and 13, at 1606 Old Route 70S, his address was listed on the sex offender registry as being on Stahl Drive.

A day after Hamilton’s June 8 Criminal Court appearance, Hawkins County deputies were serving an arrest warrant on another individual when they reportedly observed Hamilton back at 1606 Old Route 70S.

Deputies later determined that Hamilton had allegedly taken up residence at that address again with his girlfriend and her children, despite the fact his address was still listed in the sex offender registry as being on Stahl Drive.

Aside from staying away from schools, the conditions of Hamilton’s sex offender status require him to notify law enforcement within 48 hours any time he moves, and he is also prohibited from living with any children unless he is their biological father.

Hamilton was arrested again on June 9 on one count of sex offender registry violation.

At the time he was free on $1,000 bond at the time. He was arraigned June 11 in Sessions Court and released from the Hawkins County Jail on June 14 on an additional $1,000 bond.

Hamilton will next appear in Sessions Court on the new charge July 25.

As for the case pending in Criminal Court, Hamilton is scheduled to appear again on Oct. 18.

Hamilton was convicted of sexual battery in 2003.

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