Man charged with sending lewd texts to minors

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – A convicted sex offender has been arrested after authorities say he was sending lewd text messages to minors in Etowah County.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department says 44-year-old Clark Wesley Hutchins, Jr. has been charged with transmitting obscene material to a child.

Hutchins was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon around 6:00 p.m. in Cherokee County. Authorities say they found him hiding in a barn near Pine Cone Resort.

An investigation had law enforcement in both Cherokee and Etowah Counties searching for Hutchins for more than two weeks. Hutchins, being a convicted sex offender, was being sought in Cherokee County for not being at the Collinsville address he had provided to authorities. Investigators discovered Hutchins to be staying at a Leesburg motel under a different name and at a residence located on Lay Springs Road in Etowah County.

Hutchins is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center.

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