Crawford County deputies are notifying the public about two level four sex offenders who have moved into the area.
Paul McGill, 28, and Robert Ward, 55, are considered "sexually dangerous offenders," according to the Arkansas sex offender registry.
Both are level 4 sexual offenders labeled as "sexually violent predators" who are likely to commit new offenses, according to the registry website. They are living together in the 1300 block of Oak Grove Road between Van Buren and Kibler.
The men will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by the Arkansas Support Network, said Sgt. Ken Howard with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
Arkansas Support Network provides assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families. It is a Springdale-based company but has a Fort Smith location, Howard said.
Deputies are passing out flyers and calling to notify neighbors that McGill and Ward have moved into the area, Howard said.
Ward was convicted of sexual solicitation and sexual indecency with a child in 2006 in Benton County, according to court records. He also has a documented history of attempted kidnapping, deputies said.
McGill pleaded guilty of one count of sexual indecency with a child and terroristic threatening in Craighead County last year, offenses that occurred in 2011, according to court records.
Authorities say the two men are to be escorted by employees of the Arkansas Support Network anytime they leave their house.
Both men are free to live in any area that is not restricted by court order and state law, Howard said. The sheriff’s department has no authority over deciding where registered sex offenders can live in the county, he said.
They are not wanted by law enforcement at this time.