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8 charged with violating sex offender regulations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Aided by a satellite tracking system, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department arrested eight sex offenders Wednesday morning for violating the 1,000-foot rule or failing to register.

Six offenders failed to move after they were notified in February and March they were violating sex offender registration guidelines by living within 1,000 feet of a day care, school, church or community swimming pool.

The Sheriff's Department began using a satellite system earlier this year to update the registry sex offenders, said Stacey Bourbonnais, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. The system is able to pin point an offender within 46 inches, she said.

Of 308 registered offenders in Gwinnett County, 49 had violated the 1,000-foot rule with the new tracking. The other are moving or in the process of moving to comply.

These six "failed to contact us with a new address, registered a new address or made an attempt to move," Bourbonnais said.

All eight offenders were taken into custody Wednesday morning and are being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

The following men were charged with failure to register as a sex offender for failing to move after being informed they were in violation of the 1,000-foot rule:

• Michael McKeithen, 32, of Lawrenceville lived within 742 feet of the Flowers Crossing Community, the arrest warrant said.

• Bernard Ayers, 43, of Lilburn lived within 260 feet of Hopkins Elementary School.

• Stephen Butler, 34, of Lawrenceville lived approximately 446 feet from a registered home day care at 280 Paris Drive.

• Hector Candelaria, 33, of Doraville lived within 1,000 feet from the property line of the Longwood Vista Apartments, which has a pool. His backyard property line is the same as the apartments' property line, the arrest warrant said.

• Terry Hill, 60, of Lawrenceville, lived within 413 feet of the Covenant Life Church.

• John Stanfinbil, 59, of Norcross lived within 752 feet of the Al Farooq Masjid of Atlanta Mosque.

• Terrence Anderson, 36, of Snellville failed to register as required by law on his birthday on March 10. "The law requires that he register on his birthday as well as any employment information within 72 hours," the arrest warrant said. "He took out a license for his own janitorial business and failed to register that information as well."

• Larry Fuller Jr., 34, of Social Circle in Walton County failed to register a new address within 72 hours. "Mr. Fuller moved to Walton County on Feb. 15 without notifying the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department of his intent to vacate his registered address. Mr. Fuller lived in Walton County without registering as a sex offender there," the arrest warrant said.