Caldwell sex offender convicted in Catawba

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Moving from Hickory to Newton will cost a Caldwell County man up to six years of his freedom.

Darrell Larvin Howell, 47, of Lenoir was convicted in Caldwell Superior Court in December 2003 of felony indecent liberties with a child, and he was required to register with the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, which includes being required to notify the local sheriff's office when he changes addresses.

But Howell did not notify authorities last January and March that he had moved from a residence on Old Shelby Road in Hickory to Southwest Boulevard in Newton, the district attorney's office said.

Howell was convicted Wednesday in Catawba Superior Court of failing to register as a sex offender and violating the convicted sex offender residence requirement, both felonies. He also was declared a habitual felon. He was sentenced to a minimum of four years two months in prison and a maximum of six years.