DUNCAN — After scratching off the words “Sex Offender” on his driver’s license and showing it during his registration at the sheriff’s office, a Duncan man is wanted for violating his court-ordered duties.
The Stephens County District Court issued a felony arrest warrant for Justin Lynn Howard, 38, for the charge of violation of sex offender registry after two or more felony convictions, court records indicate. Due to his prior eight charged convictions, he faces between four years to life in prison if convicted.
Law enforcement noticed the alteration to Howard’s driver’s license when he came to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 4 to complete his address verification letter, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“Howard is an Aggravated Sex Offender,” Undersheriff Bobby Bowen said. He is required to verify his address every 90 days for his lifetime.
During the verification, Howard showed his license and Bowen noticed two separate scratch marks on it over where the words “Sex Offender” should be, the affidavit states.
“I asked Howard why the words were removed, and he stated he did not like seeing them on his license so he scratched them off,” Bowen said.
Howard was told to get a replacement license, to which he did and returned with it on Oct. 15.
Howard has prior Stephens County convictions: April 2002, first-degree rape; October 2010, two counts of uttering forged instruments; January 2015, two counts of second-degree forgery; and in Comanche County: January 2009, four counts of false/bogus checks under $50; according to Department of Corrections records.