ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
WENDELL L. GRIFFEN, JUDGE
January 9, 2008
LONNIE BURL CHRISTIE
AN APPEAL FROM CRAWFORD
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
HON. GARY R. COTTRELL, JUDGE
STATE OF ARKANSAS
On January 22, 2007, a Crawford County jury found Lonnie Burl Christie guilty of
failure to register as a sex offender and sentenced him to a threeyear term in the Arkansas
Department of Correction. He challenges the sufficiency of the evidence, contending that
the State failed to prove that he knowingly failed to register. We hold that because the crime
of failing to register as a sex offender has no culpable mental state, the State was not required
to present proof of such to support the conviction. Therefore, we affirm.
Virginia Christie separated from appellant on June 3, 2005, and ultimately received
a divorce on October 26, 2005. While married, they lived together at 916 Harris Drive in
Alma, but he moved from the address when the couple separated. She noted at trial that she
saw appellant from time to time after the separation. She once asked him if he had re
registered, to which he replied no. She also noted that when the two were married, she made
sure that appellant reported to his parole officer.
Patti Bonewell, a deputy for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, was responsible
1 The jury was instructed:
[Appellant] is charged with the offense of Failure to Register as Sex Offender.
To sustain this charge the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
That [appellant] knowingly failed to register, failed to report a change of
address, employment, education or training, or refused to cooperate with the
assessment process as required by the law of Arkansas.
“Knowingly” A person acts knowingly with respect to his conduct when he
is aware the conduct is of that nature.
for the sexoffender registry in the county. She testified that she first me