Crime

One sex offender lived near a school. Another didn’t show up for court.

Archie Ishmael McManus Jr.
Archie Ishmael McManus Jr.

One of two sex offenders arrested in Harrison County this week was living near an elementary school while listing a different address on the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry, an investigator said.

The other had failed to appear in court after indictment on a charge of failing to register his address.

Both had been convicted of an unrelated sex-crime against a child or juvenile.

Archie Ishmael McManus Jr., 74, was living with his girlfriend near Quarles Elementary School in Long Beach but had registered the address of a camper on John Clark Road, Sheriff’s Lt. Coley Judy said.

Sex offenders in Mississippi are prohibited from living within 3,000 feet of places such as a school, child care facility or church.

McManus, arrested Tuesday, was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, on Nov. 25, 1996, the Mississippi registry shows.

He faces sex offender charges of false information and living in a prohibited area.

McManus was released from the Harrison County jail Tuesday on a $50,000 bond.

Milas Grant Blaylock, 57, also known as Mickey Blaylock, has been indicted on a charge of failure to register. He was released from the county jail Sept. 21 on a $25,000 bond.

Blaylock then failed to appear for a court hearing, Judy said.

Deputies arrested him Monday. He was held with no bond at the Harrison County jail pending a court hearing.

Blaylock was convicted of unlawful touching of a child in Harrison County on Oct. 2, 1989.

His registered address is on Camp Avenue.

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