County man charged with violating sex offender registry

Published 5:22 pm Monday, June 26, 2017

Police arrested a Carter County man over the weekend on charges he violated three separate terms of the state’s Sex Offender Registry laws, including visiting a busy city park.

On Friday, Elizabethton Police Department Officer David Johnson arrested Larry Burns, 25, 132 Ruby Avenue, Elizabethton, on a warrant charging him with three counts of violation of the sexual offender registry law.

According to court records, the warrant for Burns arrest was taken out by Board of Probation and Parole Officer Jordan Miller. In the warrant, Miller alleges Burns violated the terms of his probation as well as the Sex Offender Registry by operating a Facebook account under an alias name which he did not provide in his registration, accessing the internet without permission, and visiting Covered Bridge Park.

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Miller states in the warrant that he discovered Burns had been using a Facebook account under the alias name “Lazz King,” which he said had been active for around two years.

“The defendant was never granted permission to use the internet nor did the defendant register this username on the Sex Offender Registry,” Miller said.

Under the terms of his probation and the Sex Offender Registry, Burns is required to obtain permission in order to use the internet and must provide any and all e-mail addresses, social media accounts, and internet usernames as part of his registration.

The state’s Sex Offender Registry law also prohibits a convicted sex offender from being on the premises of any public park available for use by the general public when children under the age of 18 are present.

In the warrant, Miller said Burns’ Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle monitor showed he visited Covered Bridge Park in Elizabethton on June 10 around the conclusion of the Covered Bridge Festival.

Following his arrest on Friday, Burns was booked into the Carter County Detention Center but was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.

In 2012 Burns entered a guilty plea to a charge of exploitation of a minor by electronic means after police say he sent sexually explicit messages and photographs to a 12-year-old girl’s cell phone. According to court records, Burns was sentenced to serve one year in jail and then six years probation through BOPP for the conviction.

Since his original conviction in 2012, court records show Burns has been previously charged with violating the terms of his probation and the Sex Offender Registry Law. In 2015 his probation was revoked and reinstated with Burns ordered to serve one year in jail then restart the six-year probation sentence. One of the allegations in that violation was that Burns’ GPS monitoring unit showed him visiting a city park.

In January of this year, Burns’ probation was once again revoked and reinstated after he pled guilty to two counts of violation of the Sex Offender Registry Law. The allegations in that charge included that he failed to obtain permission to use the internet and was maintaining a Facebook account under the alias “King Breezy.” He was ordered to restart his six-year probation sentence, which is currently scheduled to be completed in January 2023.