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Joseph Corey Wilbanks
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Rockford man was arrested earlier this month for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that 41-year-old Joseph Corey Wilbanks of the Rockford area is a registered sex offender. However, Wilbanks had failed to register for the last nine months.
As such, Wilbanks allegedly failed to comply with the SORNA requirement of registering every three months. Sheriff Michael Howell said that Wilbanks had missed his quarterly registration twice.
He was arrested on December 5 for the SORNA violation. No bond information for that charge was available.
As of press time Wilbanks remained in custody at the Coosa County Jail in Rockford awaiting trial.
He was previously convicted of statutory rape in 2000, which led to him becoming a registered sex offender.