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By Chris Edwards
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TYLER COUNTY – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford put out a wanted bulletin on Tuesday, asking for the public’s help in locating Sidney Fletcher McCollum, who is wanted on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and failure to comply with registration requirements.

According to Weatherford, McCollum is known to stay in the Mt. Neches area of the county, but is believed to have absconded from the county.

McCollum is a White male; 5’6” in height and weighs 170 pounds. He is described as having blue eyes and blonde hair, and has tattoos on his right forearm, his neck and on his left tricep. The wanted bulletin lists his date of birth on July 13, 1968.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry database, McCollum has a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender with the county sheriff’s department in his county of residence, annually.

His previous two convictions on indecency with a child charges stem from 1998, when he was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on the charges.

For anyone who has information about McCollum’s whereabouts, they are encouraged to contact the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office at 409-283-2172 or East Texas Crime Stoppers at 936-369-TIPS. Crime Stoppers also has a website and accompanying app, www.639TIPS.com. TCSO participates in the Crime Stoppers network, and tips leading to an arrest may result in a cash reward. All tips are anonymous.

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