McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating a sex offender who has violated registry rules.

Detective Nathan Mace of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has charged 57-year-old Robert Evans Cunningham Jr., whose most recent address was 1297 Clear Creek Road in Marion, with a felony sex offender registry violation (failure to report new address).

Investigation shows that Cunningham left his Clear Creek Road residence on Oct. 31, 2017, and has not registered a new address, which the law requires within three business days of the move.

Cunningham was convicted of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in McDowell County on June 30, 1994. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, was released on May 3, 1999 and registered as a sex offender on May 10, 1999.

Anyone with information concerning Cunningham’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

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