Sex offender arrested for failure to register with WVSP

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

October 25, 2013

WILLIAMSON - A defendant who was arrested in January of this year and then convicted on charges of sexual assault of a minor (15 year-old female) found himself in trouble with law enforcement once again and was taken into custody on two counts of failure to register as a sex offender, which is required by law.

Remington S. Hitchcock, 30, of College Hill Road in Williamson, was arrested by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper C.A. Douglas after the officer recently discovered that there were discrepancies with the information the defendant had on file with the state’s sex offender registry.

According to Trooper Douglas, Remington had led officials to believe he was still employed with Tim Reed’s Painting, of S. Williamson, Ky., which was no longer the case. The trooper also found that the cell number the police department had listed as his contact number was no longer a working number and had been disconnected.

The WV Code 15-12-B; Failure to register or provide notice of registration changes; penalty; penalty for aiding and abetting, reads as follows:

“Each time a person has a change in any of the registration information as required by this article and knowingly fails to register the change or changes, each failure to register each item of information changed shall constitute a separate offense under this section.”

Remington stands accused of knowingly providing materially false information and refusing to provide accurate and updated information as required by the terms of the law.

The defendant was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and was released from custody after posting a $1,000 bond. Hitchcock will have a court appearance in the near future to answer to these charges.