Bethany Man Arrested Following Halloween Sex Offender Checks

HARRISON COUNTY, MO – A Bethany man has been charged with a sex offender registry violation after officers conducted a sex offender compliance check on Halloween.

In a probable cause affidavit, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says an officer went to Jeffrey Spicer’s residence for a compliance check and discovered Spicer was not at home.

An individual at the residence was able to contact Spicer, who law enforcement says advised them his vehicle was broken down near Trenton where he had been at work. The officer alleges that Spicer failed to advise the Sheriff’s Office of his new place of employment, thereby violating the sex offender registry law.

Spicer was arrested and is incarcerated with a bond set at $75,000 cash only. The Missouri State Highway Patrol website shows Spicer was convicted of gross sexual imposition with a child in Bucyrus, Ohio in 2012 and two convictions for child molestation in 2011 in Joplin, Missouri.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says 50 percent of the offenders checked on Halloween were following the rules for sex offenders. Seven other cases were forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.