Police: Sex offender being released tells hospital he will 'rape the first woman he sees'

John West (Hempstead Sheriff)

HEMPSTEAD, Arkansas (WSET) — A sheriff's office in Arkansas has alerted the public about a Level 3 sex offender who was released Monday, May 6.

They said that 38-year-old John West, convicted of rape in 1996, reportedly suffers from mental illness.

Documentation indicates that he had sexual contact with a four-year-old living in his home and medical records show physical evidence of sexual contact.

He was arrested last month for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital in Little Rock for an evaluation.

According to the hospital, the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office said West was released back to Hempstead County and would likely be homeless.

Although he suffers from mental illness, hospital staff said he is stable while on medication.

The sheriff's office said he told hospital personnel that he will not stay on his medication when he walks out of the hospital and will "rape the first woman he sees" so he can go back to ADC. West reported that he previously had command hallucinations that told him to rape women.

The sheriff's office provided the alert to citizens of Hempstead County out of concern for their safety.

They said to call 911 immediately and report West's whereabouts and do not approach him.

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