Lawmen are searching for a sex offender who has failed to register with the Ware County Sheriff’s Department after being released from jail by the court system with a penalty of five years of probation, said Ware Sheriff Randy Royal.
Mark David Sheptock, 48, a convicted child molester who has previously lived in the 500 block of Glenmore Avenue, was sentenced to probation here Thursday, April 2, for a previous case of absconding and was instructed to register his residential address immediately with the local sheriff’s department.
Royal said he failed to register and has not been seen since.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sheptock is asked to call the Ware County Sheriff’s Department at 287-4326 or call 9-1-1.
Royal said Sheptock is a white male, 5-foot-6, and weighs 124 pounds. He is balding and has blue eyes.
“He was convicted Sept. 27, 2005, in Hardee County, Fla. for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and child molestation,” Royal said. “He moved here several years ago and absconded a year ago. He was recently taken into custody by New Jersey law enforcement officials and we extradited him back to Ware County.”
At his April 2 Ware County Superior Court hearing, Sheptock was sentenced to five years probation for failure to register as a sex offender and was released from custody, Royal said. However, Georgia law stipulates that any convicted sex offender has to register with local authorities after any kind of hearing.