6 indicted with sex offender violations

LAWRENCEVILLE - A handful of Gwinnett County's sex offenders will end up in court, an indictment bill released Thursday said.

Six men were indicted Wednesday on felony charges they violated the rules of Georgia's sexual offender registry while living in Gwinnett County.

All six are expected to appear in Gwinnett County Superior Court for an arraignment within the next month.

Each could face between 10 and 30 years in prison for violating the sex offender registry, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Georgia law specifies that people convicted of a sex crime against a minor since July 1996 must register as sex offenders. They also cannot live within 1,000 feet of a public pool, school, church, day care or park.

People convicted since July 1, 2006, of a dangerous sexual offense must also register as sex offenders.

The law requires sex offenders to notify authorities of an address change within 72 hours of release from prison or placement on parole. People who move to Georgia from other states also must register here within 72 hours.

The indictment handed up this week alleges the men lied to police and failed to provide new addresses soon enough, among other infractions.

Here's a breakdown of the allegations:

' Timothy Michael Byrne allegedly provided false address information to the Sheriff's Department between August and October last year. Byrne was convicted in Texas in July 2001 of shipping a computer across state lines that contained images of child pornography. He was sentenced in federal court to four years probation.

' Matthew Lafate Cooper allegedly failed to inform the Sheriff's Department in March of his new residence within 72 hours of moving. Cooper was convicted April 27, 2000, in Gwinnett County of sexual battery.

' Terry Mark Hill was found on April 9 this year allegedly living within 1,000 feet of the Covenant Life Church in Lawrenceville. He was convicted in Gwinnett County on Sept. 3, 1999, of child molestation.

' Hoanh Su Ly allegedly failed to inform the Sheriff's Department in January of an address change. Ly was convicted of child molestation March 14, 2006, in Gwinnett Superior Court and sentenced to 15 years' probation.

' Jared King allegedly failed to inform the Sheriff's Department in April of his move to Georgia within 72 hours of relocating here from Colorado. King was convicted in Colorado in May 2003 of attempted sexual assault on a minor.

' Jonathan Micah Rosser allegedly provided a false address when he re-registered as a sex offender on Dec. 8, 2006. He was convicted of statutory rape in Gwinnett County in October 2004.

In July, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department ordered groups of sex offenders to leave Gwinnett hotels within 1,000 feet of public pools.

The eviction list included 21 sex offenders residing at a single extended-stay hotel in Norcross.