Hanover sheriffs are searching for a sex offender who may be armed and dangerous.
Jason L. Akers, 26, is wanted by the Sheriff's Office for one misdemeanor count of contempt of court and by the Virginia State Police for two felony counts of failing to comply with sex offender registry requirements. It is believed that Akers may be armed, so caution should be taken if he is encountered.
Akers is a white male, 5'10", 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is a former resident of Hanover County and is currently homeless, but believed to still be in Hanover County or the Metro Richmond area.
Akers was convicted of forcible sodomy and rape of a minor in Henrico in January 2006, according to the Virginia Sex Offender registry. According to court documents, the victim was under 13 years old. He was sentenced to four years in prison. He last registered on May 8 of this year.
"Obviously the Code of Virginia is very clear about how sex offenders are to be monitored and in this particular case he did not comply with those requirements," says Sgt. Chris Whitley with the Hanover Sheriffs office.
Police say Akers is homeless. But NBC12 stopped by his last known address, his grandparent's house in Mechanicsville. His grandmother confirmed that he lived at the home, but she says the last time she heard from her grandson was about a month ago. She says he's made bad choices, but he's not dangerous.
But police aren't taking any chances.
"Obviously that's a public safety issue," says Sgt. Whitley. "We do believe strongly he's in the area possibly staying with from house to house with friends or associates."
Anyone with information regarding Akers' whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword "iTip" followed by their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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