After an incident of shoplifting at a local Walmart, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Forsyth County man for allegedly lying to detectives about his sex offender registration for the second time.
James Remon Lewis, 38, of Cumming, a lifetime sex offender, was arrested Tuesday after detectives tracked him to a residence off Ruby Drive in west Forsyth on warrants for theft and several sex offender charges, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Rainwater said that on Aug. 10, Lewis allegedly registered a new address with the sheriff’s office as all sex offenders are required to do. Shortly after, investigating detectives found that they had been given a fake address.
“He was definitely trying to deceive us,” Rainwater said. “The only reason you wouldn’t want us knowing where you live is because you are doing something you don’t want us to know about.”
Rainwater said that after detectives found that Lewis had allegedly lied about his place of residence, they also learned that he and a 37-year-old female were already sought in connection with an attempted shoplifting that took place at the Walmart at 3655 Browns Bridge Road on July 23.
Detectives then tracked Lewis to an address in west Forsyth and arrested him for giving false information on a sex offender registry, failure to register a change of address and theft by shoplifting.
Rainwater said that Lewis’s sex offender status originated in 2004 when he was convicted of attempted rape. He added that this is the second time the suspect has been charged for not registering a new address with the sheriff’s office.
With these new charges, Rainwater said Lewis could face between 5 to 30 years in jail.
“We take our sex offenders very seriously,” Rainwater said. “If they say they are living somewhere, they better be there.”
Lewis is being held at the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office website, there are currently 140 registered sex offenders living within the county.