The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit started an investigation after learning 29-year-old Justin Charles Gaines, of Hawk Point, was living in Lincoln County as a Jefferson County absconded sex offender.
Gaines was convicted in St. Francois County of First Degree Sexual Misconduct of a four-year-old female in September 2014.
Gaines told investigators he was living with his fiancé along the 800 block of Roosevelt Street, in Hawk Point, for over a month. Gaines admitted he was living out of sex offender compliance.
Gaines is charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (Second Offense) and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 cash only bond. Other conditions of bond may apply.