A Jefferson County sex offender was arrested after trying to assume a new identity.
Sheriff's department says in early January of this year the Sheriff's Office Computer Forensics and Sex Offender Units received an anonymous tip that a sex offender was visiting a local coffee house and using their free wi-fi to access the internet and social media websites. Months of investigative work led to the discovery that the man was using the name Israel Moore that his true name is Tye Christopher Moore. Deputies say he was using the alias to avoid being identified as a sex offender.
Moore had registered with the Sex Offender Unit under his true name, but had failed to provide information about his assumed name and his social media activities at the time he registered.
Search warrants were obtained for his vehicle and his residence in the 7200 block of Rome Avenue in Birmingham. These search warrants were executed on March 19, 2013. The vehicle was located at the coffee house. Investigators found evidence of his activities and attempts to conceal his true identity. The Sheriff's Computer Forensics Unit is continuing to review the electronic evidence seized for other criminal activity.
It was learned that Tye Christopher Moore is a convicted sex offender from Washington State. He was convicted in 2008 of Child Molestation 2nd degree against a 12 year old female victim.
On March 19, 2013, 42 year old Tye Christopher Moore of Birmingham was arrested for Failing to Provide Required Information When Registering and Failing to Notify of Name Change. Both are felonies under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He is currently in Jefferson County jail with bond in the amount of $30,000.
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