YCSO issues alert for Level 2 sex offender in Chino Valley

Sonny James Shallow. (YCSO/Courtesy)

Sonny James Shallow. (YCSO/Courtesy)

Sonny James Shallow, 41, convicted of a sex offense that allows for community notification, has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) that he will be living on Cherokee Drive in Chino Valley, according to a news release.

He is not wanted by YCSO at this time.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact, or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level 1 - low risk to the community, Level 2 - intermediate risk to the community and Level 3 - high risk to the community.

On Aug. 1, 2006, in Missoula County, Montana, the 24-year-old offender was convicted of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and sentenced to probation. Victim was a 14-year-old female known to the offender. Shallow is considered a Level 2, intermediate risk offender.

“This notification is not intended to increase fear, rather it is the sheriff’s office belief that an informed community is a safer community. Citizen abuses of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated,” YCSO stated in the news release.

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at 928-771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Information provided by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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