Update: Tracy Lee Deaton has told authorities that his niece and nephew, ages 11 and 16, were staying with him along with their parents for only a two week period. Authorities say that Deaton’s actions nevertheless broke the law and that he may face up to ten years in prison.
A convicted sex offender residing in Vina has been arrested in Franklin County. Authorities say Tracy Lee Deaton, now 47, was convicted in 2000 of the First Degree Sexual Abuse of a four year old girl. The Vina man spent only one year in prison for his crime, specifically fonding the child on at least three occasions.
Now authorities say Deaton has been discovered living with a minor child at his Lookout Ridge Road residence, a SORNA violation due to the nature of his crime. The sex offender was taken into custody on Thursday and remains in the Franklin County Detention Center as of Friday afternoon.