August 15, 2022

Jones County Sheriff seeking convicted sex offender for failure to register

Mary Apel

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is searching for James Lamar Whatley, age 51, who is wanted on a charge of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender.

Whatley was convicted on April 8, 1996 under Mississippi Code 97-5-23 on a charge of “Touching, handling, etc., a child, mentally defective or incapacitated person or physically helpless person.”

Whatley has become non-compliant in Jones County and has been listed on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) making his wanted status known to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“James Whatley has violated the terms of his sex offender compliance requirements and is now wanted on a arrest warrant,” notes JCSD Investigator Wesley Waites.  “We have zero tolerance on non-compliant sex offenders as the public rightly expects.”

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin adds, “We are actively seeking James Lamar Whatley and ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to give us or Jones County Crime Stoppers a call or submit a anonymous tip on our website at”

Contact numbers are:

JCSD: 601-425-3147

Jones County Crime Stoppers: 601-428-STOP (7867)

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