The De Queen Police Department gave notice to the public of two sex offenders that are living in the city.
Edwin James of 606 N. 2nd Street is a Level #4 sex offender, which is classified as a "sexually dangerous person," according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
Marlon Keith Woodward of 150 Hwy. 71 North, Room 25 (Deluxe Inn) is a Level #3 sex offender, which is classified as "high risk," according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
The department made clear that neither offender is wanted by law enforcement at this time.
"This notification is not intended to increase fear," the department said in a statement. "It is our belief that an informed public will be safer."
The department noted that information is available through many resources, including the state website maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
"Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders will not be tolerated," the department stated. "Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to share this information with the public. If notification ends, the offender will win since they derive power from secrecy."
Four community notification levels apply. The higher the level assigned, the broader the notification to the community. Level 1 (low) warrants minimal notice to the community (usually other law enforcement and/or members of the offender’s household only). Level 2 (moderate) warrants limited notice to specific groups. Level 3 (high) warrants notification of all community members likely to encounter the offender. Level 4 is reserved for offenders who have habitual or serious pattern of offending and are deemed sexual violent predators.
"The De Queen Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office are releasing information pursuant to section 13 Act 989 of 1997, known as the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines," the statement reads. "This act authorizes law enforcement to inform the public of a sex offenders presence when the release of such information will enhance public safety and protection. Individuals appearing on these notifications have been convicted of an offense requiring registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center."