Several months ago, Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies and the United States Marshals, Northern District of Alabama began an investigation into persons who were listed on the Clay County Sex Offender Register.
The investigation was aimed at compliance with registry requirements as stated by the Sex Offender Laws and their individual reporting requirements. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office currently has 71 Sex Offenders that require monitoring by Sheriff’s Deputies.
On Thursday, January 11, 2018, that investigation was completed. Of the 71 sex offenders investigated, 68 were found to be in compliance and 4 were not.
Arrested and charged with Sex Offender Registry Community Notification Act (SORNA) violations were: Casey Glenn, age 27 of Ashland; Coy Lee Ingram, age 52 of Ashland and Donald Hunter, age 51 of Lineville.
Additionally Fernando Rojas Hernandez remains a Clay County Fugitive on SORNA violations. Although Hernandez has ties to the Clay County area, he is believed to have fled to Cuba. Should anyone have any information concerning the whereabouts of Hernandez, please call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office @ 256 354 2176.
During the investigation, United States Marshals and Sheriff’s Deputies obtained information that a fugitive sex offender from Florida had been seen in the central Alabama area, with possible sightings in Clay County.
On Friday afternoon, January 19th, Investigator Shanon House received information as to a location of the fugitive. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence at 1969 County Road 7 were the fugitive, James Patrick Ostrander age 54 of Broward County Florida was located and arrested on local SORNA violations.
Also charged was 66 year old George Willard Vix of Talladega. Vix was arrested on charges associated in the harboring, concealing or withholding information of a fugitive from justice. Ostrander had been on the lam since November 30, 2015, with several jurisdictions obtaining warrants since that time on Ostrander. Both Vix and Ostrander remain in the Detention Center with bonds totaling $45,000.00.
Sheriff Latham would like to commend Deputy Johnny Hamlin, Deputy Rick Shaddix, Investigative Supervisor Shanon House and the United States Marshal Service personnel on their work associated with the sex offender compliance registry in Clay County.