Sheriff's Department says local man failed to register as sex offender


LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Lawrenceville man on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Illinois and driving violations in Georgia and Illinois.

Frederick Jay Horton, 34, of Lawrenceville is accused of violating the Illinois sex offender registry law, an arrest warrant said. Aggravating circumstances included living unregistered as a sex offender in Georgia, the warrant said.

Last week, the Sheriff's Department arrested eight sex offenders after implementing a new satellite mapping system. Six offenders failed to move after notified they were violating sex offender registration guidelines by living within 1,000 feet of a day care, school, church or community swimming pool. The mapping system more concisely measured addresses to locations of interest.

Horton had been wanted by the Lawrenceville Police Department for charges of failing to appear in a DUI case. He also was wanted in Will County, Ill., for charges of driving with a suspended license.

The sex registry warrant was sent from Cook County, Ill. Cook and Will counties are in the Chicago area.

Further details were not available from Gwinnett Sheriff's Department officials.