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Police look for four sex offender registry "fugitives"

U.S. Marshals and local police in seven counties fanned out across southern Kentucky August 30 and 31 to make sure more than 300 sex offenders were compliant. Most were, but some were not and they were arrested. Four, including two in Pulaski County, could not be found. Now police are hoping you’ll recognize them and help them find them.

Thomas Isaac Ellis once lived in a Somerset motel on U.S. 27 but now the sex offender is missing. Police say he served time for sex abuse and for a time he complied with the sex offender registry but as of Tuesday he’s a fugitive.

“If they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, they’re going to go to jail,” said Loren “Squirrel” Carl, a U.S. Marshal who spoke to the news media Tuesday about efforts to check up on the compliance status of 316 sex offenders in Laurel, Pulaski, Knox, McCreary, Clay, Whitley and Wayne Counties.

Robert Maddux, who once lived on Antioch Church Rd. in Burnside, and faced 3rd degree rape charges is also considered a fugitive. Police are looking for James Thomas Watkins of Monticello and Danny William Fritts of Williamsburg. Watkins’ victim was 15 and Fritts’ was only 8.

U.S. Marshals say all four should be considered dangerous.

“It doesn’t have to be a weapon or explosive. Someone who is a danger to society, who has molested, in one case, a 1-year-old child. That person is a danger to society in my opinion,” said U.S. Marshal Calvin Whitis.

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