Sheriff: Fugitive living in Icetown area

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Officers believe holiday thefts related to man paroled Dec. 1

By Kacie Goode

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man considered to be armed and dangerous, and whom they believe may be hiding in the Icetown area.

According to a post from the NCSO’s Facebook page, Stephen Halsey, 57, is wanted for parole violation and absconding parole supervision.

The post stemmed from a theft and burglary reported in the Icetown area over the Christmas holiday.

The incidents involved “food type items,” Sheriff Ed Mattingly said, and were “consistent with same victims in previous cases with Stephen Halsey.”

Mattingly said the NCSO currently has a warrant for Halsey absconding parole.

“We want people in the Icetown area, Patton Road area to know that we believe he’s living in the woods in that area, and that if we find him with anybody helping him, they will be charged with harboring a fugitive.”

According to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup, Halsey — whose aliases include Steve Halsey, Stephen Keith Halsey, and Ronnie Bolin — was released on parole from Owensboro Dec. 1. Halsey was serving time for second-degree burglary and failure to comply with sex offender registration.

In an interview with PLG-TV, Mattingly said he was upset that Halsey was out.

“There is no reason this man should be out of prison,” Mattingly said. “I’m not pointing a finger at anything, but our system is obviously broken when you have a person with a criminal history like Mr. Halsey has, and he’s out.”

Records show that Halsey has a criminal record dating back to 1986, with offenses occurring in Nelson, Fayette, Marion, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties.

Between 1986 and 2012, Halsey has been found guilty of first-degree rape, burglary, terroristic threatening, failure to comply with sex offender registration, DUI, and resisting arrest, among other offenses.

Halsey is listed as a lifetime registered sex offender, and while KSP’s registry still shows him as “compliant,” he has been charged with failure to comply on more than one occasion.

Narratives from police in previous arrests — including incidences in which Mattingly responded as an officer — describe Halsey as an aggressive person, even labeling him as a “police fighter,” and a “violent sexual offender.”

Mattingly said he felt it important that the public be made aware of Halsey’s criminal history, and that “They will be ashamed at how the system has failed the public on this occasion.”

For those living in the Icetown and Patton Road areas, which officers believe Halsey is living, Mattingly said Halsey has been known to sleep in unlocked cars, vacant houses, barns and other structures.

“It just so happens he (came) back to the same place doing the same thing he was doing before,” Mattingly said. “… He should be considered dangerous, and there is no reason this person should be out, but he is.”

According to Kentucky Online Offender Lookup, Halsey is a white male, about 5’8’’ and 180 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. His risk assessment rating is “very high.”