Sex offender arrested in Thomas county

Sex offender arrested in Thomas county
Captain Steve Jones
Captain Steve Jones
Thomas County Sheriff's Office
Thomas County Sheriff's Office

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - A registered sex offender is behind bars in Thomas county.

Billy Joe Spires, 34, was convicted of statutory rape back in 2009.

Spires was arrested in Lowndes County on an unrelated offense last week.

When Thomas county deputies went to check on him for Lowndes county, he was not at his registered address.

Captain Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office said, “We're required by law to know when they move, when they get a new job, if they go to attend secondary education.  They've got to notify the Sheriff's Office prior to any change.”

Spires was arrested this morning at a motel in Thomas County and is charged with failure to register and violating his probation.

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