After an investigation by the Licking Police Department, with the assistance of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, a Texas County man faces a felony charge for failing to register as a sex offender.

Licking Police Chief Pat Burton said Phillip D. Giller was arrested Feb. 6 for failing to properly register as a sexual offender in Texas County as required by all tier 3 registered sex offenders.

Burton said Licking officers discovered Giller is currently charged with and was out on bond for another failure to register as sex offender and felony stealing charges in a Texas County case, and he was released from the Texas County Jail on Jan. 31. 

It was reportedly discovered Giller had registered in Texas County as a registered sex offender when released from jail, but provided a nonexistent address as the location he would be residing. 

Burton said further investigation revealed Giller indicated on three separate documents he was residing at a residence at 205 Maple Crest, Apt. 54, in Licking, which was not the address Giller provided when registering as a sex offender.

Licking officers conducted additional patrols in the area of the Maple Crest residence between Feb. 3 and Feb. 6, where they documented Giller’s vehicle being parked at the Maple Crest residence daily. At about 6:40 p.m. Feb. 6, Giller’s vehicle was observed parked adjacent to the Maple Crest residence. Burton said officers approached the residence and knocked on the door, and Giller opened the door and invited the officers inside.

Once inside the one-bedroom apartment, officers reportedly advised he was under arrest and later transported him to the Texas County Jail. A formal interview was conducted, Burton said, and Giller admitted to sleeping the entire night, or at least partial night, every night since he was released from jail on Jan. 31, at a woman’s residence at 205 Maple Crest, No. 54. Furthermore, Burton said, Giller provided an invalid address to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department for the sex offender registry.

A probable cause statement was sent to the Texas County prosecuting attorney’s office. The violation is a class D felony and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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