32-year-old Jose Humberto Ortega-Corea of Old Lenoir Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 Saturday evening (October 10) for felony failure to register as a sex offender. The warrant for his arrest was issued in May of 2018. He is on the sex offender registry in Texas following a conviction in August of 2009 for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Ortega-Corea was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. As of this morning (October 12), he was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.