11/12/2015

Level 4 Registered Sex Offender Registers in Faulkner County

A level 4 registered sex offender was released on bond, and resides within Faulkner County until further judicial proceedings.  Charges are pending.

NAME:  Michael Jay Cochran

REGISTERED ADDRESS:  5 Stevenson Ln.  Conway, AR 72032

AGE/RACE/GENDER:  31/W/M

HEIGHT/WEIGHT:  5’8”/200

EYE/HAIR COLOR:  Brown/Brown

Original Description of Crime:

This offender was convicted of Sexual Indecency With a Child on 5-9-11. The offense involved the offender exposing himself to a 9-year-old female stranger at Wal-Mart.

 Wal-Mart locations in the Conway and Greenbrier area have been notified to be looking for this subject at their stores.

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

          The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Section 13 of Act 989 of 1997, the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act and the community notification guidelines promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, which authorizes Law Enforcement Agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release. Such information will enhance public safety and protection.

 

            The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center. Further, his/her previous criminal history places him/her in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend.

 

            This Offender has advised the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department that he/she will be living in the location listed in this report. HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE. THE NOTIFICTION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.

 

            The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a Sex Offender lives. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this Offender is free to live where he/she chooses.

 

            Sex Offenders have always lived in our communities, but it wasn’t until this passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Further, abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the Offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.

 

            For additional information go to our website www.fcso.ar.gov then click on the link for sex offender registry or the Arkansas Crime Information Center’s website at www.acic.org then click on the link for sex offender registry.

LEVEL OF RISK FOR ADULT AND JUVENILE OFFENDERS 

Based on historical data and information obtained from the risk assessment process, offenders are assigned to the following levels of risk to the general public:

 LOW RISK-1: Usually these are individuals with no prior history of sexual acting out, and no strong antisocial tendencies, sexual compulsions or psychological factors impairing judgment.

 MODERATE RISK-2: Usually these are individuals with limited or circumscribed prior history of sexual acting out, possess some antisocial personality characteristics, predatory tendencies, or deviant sexual interest or behavioral patterns that increase the general level of risk these offenders pose. They may have mild or well-controlled mental disorders, and/or developmental disabilities.

HIGH RISK-3: These individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending, and/or strong antisocial, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued.       The offense patterns of these individuals reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or a risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur. 

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR-4: These are individuals with impaired judgment or control who have sexual or violent compulsions that they lack the ability to control. This may be due to pedophilia or other disorder of sexual attraction, mental illness or personality disorder that distorts thinking, interferes with behavioral control, and predisposes the person to acts of predatory sexual violence. 

 

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