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Athens Police arrest registered sex offender after he changed address

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

ATHENS — Police arrested a registered sex offender who allegedly didn’t heed warnings to stay away from an Athens complex.

Melvin Douglas Meek Jr., 42, was supposed to be living at a home on Edgewood Road, outside the city limits, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Sex offenders must register their addresses and changes of address with law enforcement.

Bruce said Meek had a first-degree sodomy conviction in Florida involving an 11-year-old female.

In November, Meek allegedly started living with someone at Houston Court Apartments, Bruce said, and didn’t report his address change.

“The Housing Authority put him out, and they reported it to us,” Bruce said. “Even though he was banned from there, he came back to stay with another person.”

Tuesday night, the department received a trespassing call regarding Meek, Lt. Floyd Johnson said, and officers arrested him. Meek is in the Limestone County Jail without bond set, charged with failure to comply with community notification.

Bruce said no children were living in the homes where Meek was staying.

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