Twin brothers with child sexual offense convictions were arrested this week on charges they violated Tennessee’s sex offender registration laws by not telling law enforcement authorities they were here.
The men — Michael A. Krauter and Mark Krauter, both 43, of 1911 Honaker Court, Gray — were charged with violation of the sexual offender registry law.
Washington County sheriff’s investigator Sgt. Sammy Phillips lodged five counts against Michael Krauter — one for not registering and four because he moved into a house where four minor children live — while Mark Krauter faces two counts.
His charges come from not registering and because of a minor stepchild who lives in the house.
Additionally, Mark Krauter’s wife, Anna Krauter, 35, of the same address, was charged with facilitating the commission to commit the violations.
Mark Krauter was convicted in 1990 in Lake County, Ill., of aggravated criminal sexual assault on a 10-year-old. Michael Krauter was convicted in Wisconsin of aggravated sexually battery on a 12-year-old. He has apparently lived in the area since at least April, according to court records.
Phillips filed paperwork in Washington County Sessions Court indicating he received information that Michael Krauter was a registered sex offender in Wisconsin. Phillips confirmed that with the Wisconsin Department of Correction and further investigation showed the man had not registered in Tennessee after moving in with his brother and sister-in-law.
Tennessee state law gives convicted sex offenders a narrow window of time to register with the jurisdiction in which they live.
The law also dictates registered sex offenders cannot live with minors who are not their biological children.
Michael Krauter is jailed under a $50,000 bond, Mark Krauter is in jail under a $30,000 bond and Anna Krauter was jailed on a $3,000 bond.
They are scheduled for a hearing on the charges Tuesday.