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Calif. man arrested here won’t battle extradition

A convicted sex offender who was arrested in Whitesburg almost two weeks ago has signed a waiver of extradition to California, where he is wanted on two felony charges.

California authorities have until February 21 to extradite Larry Daniel Humphrey, 50, of Fresno, Calif., or Letcher District Judge Kevin R. Mullins will seek a governor’s warrant ordering Humphrey’s return to the Golden State. Humphrey is wanted in California for failing to maintain his yearly registration as a sex offender and for failing to notify authorities he was leaving the state.

He has been held without bond in the Letcher County Jail since he was arrested in the Whitesburg Shopping Plaza at Ermine on the afternoon of January 25 after staff members at the Reflections salon alerted authorities to what they considered to be suspicious behavior by Humphrey.

Officials were notified after Humphrey walked into Reflections seeking a haircut for himself and a nine-year-old boy who was wearing a girl’s coat with pink stars on it, out-grown Spider-Man pajamas, pink socks and girl’s shoes.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Bert Slone said Humphrey’s wife, Michelle, and three other children were washing clothes at a coin-operated laundry while Humphrey and the boy were getting their hair cut. They had been staying at the Super 8 Motel in West Whitesburg. The four children were placed into the custody of social services.

According to a website concerning sex offenders that is sponsored by the state of California — www.meganslaw.ca.gov — Humphrey, who stands 6-1 and weighs 180 pounds, was convicted for violating Section 261 (a)(2) of the California Penal Code. According to the site, Humphrey committed an act of sexual intercourse with a person not his spouse against her will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the person.

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