Tent City residents arrested on sex offender registry violations

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 9:40pm
Staff reports
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Raphael McPherson, Jonathan Evans

Two homeless men, who live in the homeless encampment known as Tent City, were arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating the requirements of Tennessee’s sex offender registry law.

Metro police say Jonathan Evans, 33, last reported his address in July 2009 as Meridian Street, but admitted to police Wednesday that he has been living in Tent City for about four months.

Evans was convicted of soliciting minors in 2005 and received a two-year sentence. He is charged with a felony for failing to disclose to police where he was living.

Evans has past convictions for assault, indecent exposure and trespassing.

Raphael McPherson, 46, who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and assault with intent to murder in 1988, is charged with violating the provisions of the sex offender registry for a second time.

Police said McPherson, who is a registered violent sex offender, is required to report to the police department monthly due to his homeless status. McPherson failed to do so in January, which resulted in his arrest at Tent City late Wednesday morning.

McPherson was arrested for his first sex offender registry violation in 2008. He was convicted of that charge last year and received a two-year sentence.

He also has past convictions for selling cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Nearly 80 of the sex offenders who report to the Nashville Police Department are registered as homeless, according to police.

3 Comments on this post:

By: cmarcus45 on 2/3/10 at 8:50

Three hots and a cot might be just what these guys want. It'd be nice to find some alternate punishment.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/4/10 at 8:47

i doubt they were looking for 3 hots and a cot. they were probably staying in tent city as a place to hide out and avoid probation officers, etc.

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