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Man Wanted for Molesting Girls is at Large

There are 114 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jan 14, 2008, titled Man Wanted for Molesting Girls is at Large. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Lexington County deputies are looking for a convicted sex offender who's failed to register and is believed to have committed another sex crime.

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Concerned

Columbia, SC

#1 Jan 14, 2008
Wait.... he failed to register last November... and they are just now looking for him??? Something is wrong witht this picture !!!! And they believe he committed another crime??? Get it in gears guys..... get these people please !!!!!
JDidGirl

Columbia, SC

#2 Jan 14, 2008
Okay... this person is a sexual predator. He committed a crime of this nature in the past... he just committed a crime of the same nature in the present... and officials feel that he'll commit the same type of crime in the future. A sexual predator is just that... a predator. He needs to be in jail. There shouldn't be a 3 strikes law on this one... this man needs to be "fixed". If officials are going to let a known predator out to walk the streets then there needs to be a little more that they need to go through than just to register on the sex offenders list.
Lexington County resident

Lexington, SC

#3 Jan 14, 2008
This is just another reason not to vote Sheriff James Metts back into office. You only see him when its a high profile case to show his ugly mug and get credit for it. Other wise he uses his back door to the sheriff department to avoid his officers and others. Its time for a change I VOTE GET JAMES METTS OUT OF OFFICE so the people of Lexington can be assured Justice will be done and safety will be guarenteed.

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#4 Jan 14, 2008
so what they are saying is that they don't start looking for them when they fail to register unless they think they've violated again? Closing the barn door after the horse escapes, what?
Stacy

Swansea, SC

#5 Jan 14, 2008
Why did it take this long for LCSD to figure out that he had not registered? Or if they were aware that he didn't register, why did it take so long for the LCSD to let the public know that he was "at large"?

“Soy Bueno...Consigo el dinero!”

Since: Dec 07

ALBANY, NY 2==>the METRO of SC

#6 Jan 14, 2008
HE didnt get HER DRUNK she got drunk on her own, HE probably just provided the alcohol. But why is a 17 yr old getting drunk at a 26 yr old mans house anyway? He probably did do what the girl claimed happen since he is a SEX OFFENDER who didnt register for the year & now all of a sudden he cant be found. They need to lock his A** up.
Amber Lert

Columbia, SC

#7 Jan 14, 2008
Lexington County resident wrote:
This is just another reason not to vote Sheriff James Metts back into office. You only see him when its a high profile case to show his ugly mug and get credit for it. Other wise he uses his back door to the sheriff department to avoid his officers and others. Its time for a change I VOTE GET JAMES METTS OUT OF OFFICE so the people of Lexington can be assured Justice will be done and safety will be guarenteed.
He does seem to get quite a bit of media attention on the high profile cases. It was he who was in the paper and on tv arresting (or serving the warrants) on the two Hispanic suspects that were returned from Florida. Surely there was someone else within the department who could have handled this issue.

I also saw the little Lexington newspaper the other week and his mug was in it twice.

Wait till election time.

Change is good. So, who amongst us can fill those shoes?

“My Family is my LIFE”

Since: Feb 07

Bay Minette, AL

#8 Jan 14, 2008
This is why sexual predators should NOT be released. Having to resister does not keep them from doing the same terrible thing again.Lock the up and throw away the key.
Caring Citizen

Columbia, SC

#10 Jan 14, 2008
Concerned wrote:
Wait.... he failed to register last November... and they are just now looking for him??? Something is wrong witht this picture !!!! And they believe he committed another crime??? Get it in gears guys..... get these people please !!!!!
I totally agree. "Jessica's Law" should have played a factor in this. He should not have been back out on the street and they wait till this long to tell someone? Sounds like an article Bill O'Reilly needs to get a hold of. If they keep letting these idiots out, then people are going to start taking the law into their own hands. They need to get a grip on these situations before someone gets hurt. Put "Jessica's Law" into effect NOW!!
GLC1957

Chapin, SC

#11 Jan 14, 2008
Lexington County resident wrote:
This is just another reason not to vote Sheriff James Metts back into office. You only see him when its a high profile case to show his ugly mug and get credit for it. Other wise he uses his back door to the sheriff department to avoid his officers and others. Its time for a change I VOTE GET JAMES METTS OUT OF OFFICE so the people of Lexington can be assured Justice will be done and safety will be guarenteed.
I sooooo totally agree with you. Time for Mr. Metts to leave!
Happy voter

Lexington, SC

#12 Jan 14, 2008
Lexington County resident wrote:
This is just another reason not to vote Sheriff James Metts back into office. You only see him when its a high profile case to show his ugly mug and get credit for it. Other wise he uses his back door to the sheriff department to avoid his officers and others. Its time for a change I VOTE GET JAMES METTS OUT OF OFFICE so the people of Lexington can be assured Justice will be done and safety will be guarenteed.
This would be a good time to plug "Kerry Johnson for Sheriff." Yes Lexington, there is an option this year. Visit him at " johnson4sheriff.com "
lulu

Leesville, SC

#13 Jan 14, 2008
why dont you try looking in batesburg were he's from
caring mother of one

Hopkins, SC

#14 Jan 14, 2008
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT LEXINGTION COUNTY

“Do we still stand united?”

Since: Jun 07

Small Town in South Carolina

#15 Jan 14, 2008
Convicted in September 2006....why the hell is he not in jail?????????? What is he doing out on the streets? Those responsible for his release should be held accountable. How can THEY sleep at night knowing that their actions (releasing this perv) led to the latest victim's circumstance.

It is time for our State government to change the laws regarding child molesting sex pervs. NOW! LIFE IN PRISON or Old Sparky. I prefer Old Sparky.....costs me less in tax money.
Lexington County resident

Lexington, SC

#17 Jan 14, 2008
Happy voter wrote:
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This would be a good time to plug "Kerry Johnson for Sheriff." Yes Lexington, there is an option this year. Visit him at " johnson4sheriff.com "
Before voting for johnson though find out what happened at Lexington County and why he left??????? But if he is the only one willing to run against Metts so be it. The good ole boy system is slowing dieing in Lexington and needs to go away completely, James Metts is part of this good ole boy system. He takes credit for what his hard working officers do while he does nothing to work with his officers. Lets revisit the news regarding the missing girl and what he had to say to that poor mother, if it were his child he would have been more sympothetic, when Shari Smith was kidnapped it was high profile because Mr. Metts knew the family but Deborah Helmick was just another victom. For all that are moving to the wonderful town and county stand up and get him out, his own officers have to vote for him or else there jobs are on the line, figure that one.

“Soft Touch Hard Cover”

Since: Dec 07

Jersey

#18 Jan 14, 2008
You can't blame the sheriff for everything. What about the head of the sex crimes unit? He's a little more knowledgeable about what going on. Do you actually believe that Metts has a timely reminder that comes up on his computer for every criminal that doesn't adhere to their probation?

If they are going to let these sex offenders out of jail they should have GPS anklets so that they can be monitored.
Lonewolf

Batesburg, SC

#20 Jan 14, 2008
caring mother of one wrote:
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT LEXINGTION COUNTY
I can say that I'd rather live here than Richland County,that's for sure.

Since: Jun 07

United States

#21 Jan 14, 2008
From the other stations web site:

Fast forward to November 26, 2007. WIS News 10 airs a phone call, the threat Sheriff James Metts made that Mrs. Gutierrez-Garnsey says left her family in fear and left her questioning the investigation into her daughter's disappearance. "We'll give you answers when we got answers to give. Now you mess with me, I'll pull all my people off and we'll go home and go to bed and forget about your case."

This example alone should be the demise of the Sheriff and it certainly changed my opinion of the LCSD. I will take Leon Lott any day of the week!
Ruby Tuesday a day early

Columbia, SC

#22 Jan 14, 2008
Beauty in many Shades wrote:
Wow I dont see any racial comments in here... But I bet if he was black.... Boy O Boy!!!!!!
No need for that here. Just another white boy gone bad. His momma didn't love him enough, I guess.
It's not about white, black or tan (Hispanic) this time. Sexual abusers are all shapes and sizes.
This goober shouldn't be hard to find.
He's probably at WalMart right now in the hand lotion section.

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Since: Dec 07

And Exciting?

#23 Jan 14, 2008
MaxAcceleration wrote:
From the other stations web site:
Fast forward to November 26, 2007. WIS News 10 airs a phone call, the threat Sheriff James Metts made that Mrs. Gutierrez-Garnsey says left her family in fear and left her questioning the investigation into her daughter's disappearance. "We'll give you answers when we got answers to give. Now you mess with me, I'll pull all my people off and we'll go home and go to bed and forget about your case."
This example alone should be the demise of the Sheriff and it certainly changed my opinion of the LCSD. I will take Leon Lott any day of the week!
Yeah that report really got to me too. I wish that she had been more vocal about it.

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