The Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) reports that the sex offender listed below has registered a new address on the Sex Offender Registry.
MICHAEL DEWEY HOWE
Level 2 Offender – Moderate Risk
4100 BLOCK OF SCOTT SALEM ROAD BENTON AR 72019
More detail below:
Age: (DOB: 1974-07-26)
Race: W Eyes: Hazel
Scars/Tattoos: Tattoo Left Arm, Tattoo Back
Level 2 Offender – Moderate Risk
Level 3 Offender – High Risk
Level 4 Offender – Sexually Dangerous Person
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What should I do?
A. This notification will assist you and your family in avoiding situations that may make you vulnerable. Please remember that these individuals have served their sentences and are not wanted by the Sheriff’s office at this time. Citizen abuse of this information such as threats, intimidation, or harassment of these offenders is prohibited by law.
Children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders. Open communication between parents and children is vital to family safety. Click on the link above at the right of the offender’s zip code to go to our website. If a picture is available on the website, show it to your family to help them recognize the offender, should they encounter him/her. In general terms, tell your children that this person has hurt someone and that they should stay away from this individual. Avoid scary details. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chance of future victimization by better informing the public. Nearly 80% of all sex crimes are committed by someone known to the victim.
Q. Is it just a matter of time before the offender commits another crime?
A. While there is no way that anyone can accurately predict the future behavior of another person, past behaviors are an indication of whether an individual, or group, poses a higher risk to the public. For example, if a driver has speeding tickets, they pose a greater risk to be in a traffic accident than drivers who do not; thus, they pay more for their insurance because they are more likely to get into an accident than non-speeders. However, not all speeders get into accidents. In fact, most will not have an acccident; it’s just that they are statistically more likely to have an accident than are other drivers. Similarly, not all offenders will commit another crime; however, knowledge of a potential risk should assist you and your family in avoiding situations that allow predators to have easy access to victims.
Q. There is a sex offender in our area that I believe is coming in contact with children. What should I do?
A. First of all, do not confront the individual. Please inform your local Arkansas law enforcement agency of your suspicion, who will inquire and determine the appropriate course of action to be taken.
Q. What do I tell my children about this offender?
A. DON’T accept a ride from this person. DON’T go into this offender or any stranger’s home or yard. TELL your parents if this person offers you toys, money or gifts, or speaks to you in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
Other safety tips to discuss with your children:
- Teach your children that there are certain kinds of strangers that can assist them when they need help – adults with children, other children, and police officers in uniform or store clerks in the mall.
- Teach your children how to dial 911 and to use a pay phone without money.
- Teach your children to trust their feelings and say “NO,” and run away from a situation that doesn’t feel right.