Sex offender arrested
By By Lisa Tindell
Brewton police officers heeded the call of residents in the Plaza Apartment complex on Belleville Avenue last week and put a sex offender back behind bars.
Manual L. Lane, a convicted sex offender, was reported seen by residents at the complex for an what investigators say was “quiet some time.”
Lane’s registered address was listed as 606 St. Joseph Ave., according to police reports.
But residents told police they thought a man living in an adjacent apartment might be registered sex offender Manual L. Lane. With that information, officers checked his registered address and found it was vacant.
Registered sex offenders are required to report changes of address 30 days before moving, officials said.
The intended address must be approved by law enforcement officials and not be within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare or the victim, according to state law.
Lane failed to comply with both conditions, resulting in his arrest, police said.
Lane was arrested Thursday and was charged with sex offender failure to register legal residence and sex offender prohibited residence location.
Lane’s bond was set at $10,000 Friday, and he remained in the Escambia County Correctional Facility as of Friday afternoon.
Lane was originally convicted in 1999 of rape in the second degree. His victim was a 14-year-old girl, according to state records.