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Registered sex offender back in jail

Jerrod Thompson (Source: Madison County Jail) Jerrod Thompson (Source: Madison County Jail)

People in a Madison County neighborhood are speaking up about the arrest of a sex offender in their neighborhood. Records show that this isn't his first time behind bars for sexual crimes against children.

For the second time in seven years, 33-year-old Jerrod Thompson is back in the Madison County Jail. The news of his arrest has neighbors off Blue Spring Road, like Wesley Bailey, talking.

"Everybody couldn't believe that it happened on this side of town," Bailey said. "You usually hear about stuff like that in a big city. That was kind of shocking."

In January 2005, Thompson was convicted of sex crimes against two girls ages 14 and 6. Now, Huntsville Police have charged him with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old. The victim lived within minutes of Thompson.  Police said he was not related to the girl.

Dr. Harry Hobbs with Huntsville Police said there are ways to help parents be aware of who could be living next door.

"Just simply go on to the Madison County Sheriff's Department website, and there is a link that will inform you of registered sex offenders in our local area," Hobbs said. "They update that frequently."

Thompson is being held without bond.

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