Jimmy Shoemake (Photo from Greene County Jail)

Jimmy Shoemake, 43, was arrested Monday for allegedly failing to register as a convicted sex offender and, according to court records, the defendant has a long history of failing to register in different states.

Shoemake, who was living at the Redwood Inn Motel in Springfield, 3811 W. Chestnut Expressway, was taken into custody following an investigation by a deputy U.S. Marshal.

Shoemake was working at the motel as a repairman, according to online federal court documents.

Shoemake was convicted in 2001 in Anniston, Alabama, on a charge of rape in the second degree, according to records. He was 21 and the victim was 14.

According to records, “Shoemakes’ criminal history spans six states over two decades and includes several prior convictions for failure to register as a sex offender.

“Further, Shoemake has three active felony warrants for failure to register as a sex offender.”

The investigator stated that, under Missouri law, Shoemake is required during his entire lifetime to register as a sex offender when living in Missouri.

According to documents, the investigator checked with the Greene County Sheriff’s office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol and determined that Shoemake has never registered in Missouri.

In January, Springfield police went to the Redwood Motel in response to a report that Shoemake assaulted his girlfriend.

The deputy U.S. Marshal followed up on that January encounter and reviewed video from the Springfield police officer’s body-worn camera. The woman told police that Shoemake hit her and pushed her down, according to federal documents.

Shoemake initially provided a fake name to Springfield police but his true name was discovered via a fingerprint scan.

“Shoemake told law enforcement that he lied about his identity because he knew he had warrants out for his arrest.”

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at spokin@sgfcitizen.org. His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin