By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – Last week, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford put out a wanted bulletin on asking for the public’s help in locating Sidney Fletcher McCollum and Amber Leann Carnley-McCollum. On Sunday, Weatherford reported that the pair had been apprehended out of state.
According to Weatherford, Sidney and Amber McCollum were arrested in Sevierville, Tenn., during a traffic stop on Saturday, August 26. They will be extradited back to Tyler County.
Sidney McCollum, 55, faces charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and failure to comply with registration requirements. Amber McCollum, 42, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
According to Bob Stahlke, a public information officer with the City of Sevierville, police were dispatched to a Walmart store in reference to panhandlers. When the officers arrived, they made contact with Amber McCollum, who was holding a sign. The officer asked her about identification credentials, which she said was in her car.
She presented a Texas ID, and contact was also made with Sidney McCollum, who gave his name initially as Charles McCollum, as well as an incorrect date of birth, according to the incident report.
They were both taken into custody when it was discovered that both had active warrants.
Weatherford initially put out a wanted bulletin last Tuesday announcing that Sidney McCollum was wanted, and the next day posted one on Amber. He said both were believed to have left Tyler County. According to jail records, both are being held in the Sevier County Jail.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry database, Sidney 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.