Busted: Sex Offender Lives Too Close To School

James Edward Long/mug shot
James Edward Long/mug shot

By Melanie Posey

A wanted sex offender is busted while living in the wrong place--too close to a school.  Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested James Eward Long Wedneday.

In 1999, Long was convicted of committing a lewd act upon a child less than 16 years old in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian says six weeks ago, Long and his wife moved to a home in the 900 block of Brooklane Drive in Hueytown.  The house sits less than 2000feet from Hueytown Middle School.

"He didn't notify South Carolina that he was leaving and as they want to do, he was flying under the radar," Christian says.

Long was supposed to notify authorities in the state he moved from and the state he moved too, but failed to do so.  A community member in Alabama alerted authorities about Long and he was arrested.

"To that person that called this in, there's no telling who they may have saved from becoming a victim down the road," Christian acknowledged.

Hueytown principal Brett Kirkham praised the community member as well.

"I don't know how they came across that information, but if it were the community support and neighborhood watching and listening, then kudos to the Hueytown community," Kirkham said.  "We certainly appreciate what they do to help protect our kids."

James Long is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on 30-thousand dollars bond.  He also faces charges in South Carolina and possibly federal charges as well under the Adam Walsh Act.