Registered sex offender arrested after fleeing to Montana

Registered sex offender living near Sevier Co. school arrested after fleeing to Montana

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Theodore Hunt (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Theodore Hunt (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A registered sex offender who was living near a Pigeon Forge school is back in custody after cutting his GPS monitoring device and fleeing to Montana.

Theodore Allen Hunt, 40, was tracked down by the U.S. Marshal's Service and arrested in Gallatin County, Mont. last month.

Hunt's case began in Kentucky in 1997 when he was arrested for the third degree rape of a 14-year-old girl and sentenced to five years in prison.

He moved to Sevier County in 2004 and registered there as a sex offender as required by law.

Hunt was sentenced to four years in prison for violating that law in 2012, but only served six months of that sentence and was put on probation.

His most recent trouble began in June when local law enforcement got a tip that Hunt was living in a mobile home park within 1,000 feet of Pigeon Forge High School.

When officials went to speak with him, they found he had cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and fled.

Officials later discovered Hunt was working at a dude ranch in Montana under a fake name.

Hunt was then brought back from Montana and is once again in the Sevier County Jail facing charges of not only violating the sex offender registry law and his probation, but also intentionally removing his GPS device.

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