Sex Offender found Guilty of Failing to Register, LIVINGSTON, June 11, 2015 - On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, following a day of testimony, a Polk County jury found Clifton Munday, 51, of Livingston, guilty of two separate felony counts of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The trial was conducted in the 258th District Court before Judge Ernie McClendon and was prosecuted by Polk County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Todd Dillon.
Munday, who had a duty to register for three convictions of sexual battery from a Florida Court, had been registering with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office since 2010. After December 2014, he failed to appear the Sheriff’s Office to verify the information contained within his registration forms. At trial, Deputy Gary Wright, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Registrar, testified that when he did locate Munday, he was residing at a different address than the one he had previously registered. When given an opportunity to verify his registration information, Munday refused and insisted that he no longer was required to register as a sex offender.
The case has been continued for a sentencing hearing at a later date before Judge McClendon. Munday is eligible for incarceration of up to twenty years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on both charges.
Afterward, Dillon expressed appreciation to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender’s Registration Unit and the Lufkin Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and thanked the jury for their time and attention in this case. Afterward, Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon stated that the district attorney’s office would continue to prioritize the enforcement of the state’s sex offender registration laws. “The Texas Legislature feels that it’s important for the public to know when convicted sex offenders are living in their area and we completely agree with that public policy,” Hon added.
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