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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Friday, January 27, 2012

PAM LYCHNER’S ATTACKER ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

HOUSTON, TX – Deputies with the HCSO’s Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Squad, along with members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF), arrested William David Kelley for failure to register as a sex offender. Kelley was sent to prison in 1992 for the aggravated kidnapping of Pam Lychner, in whose memory the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996 and the state jail in Atascocita are named.

Since his release from prison in August 2010, Kelley is required to register as a sex offender with the HCSO every 90 days but failed to do so since May 2011. 

During an investigation, deputies learned that Kelley had moved from his last registered address. Charges were filed and an arrest warrant was issued.

Kelley was arrested on January 26, 2012 in the 14300 block of Lee Rd.  

At the time of his 1990 attack against Pam Lychner, Kelley was already a two-time convicted sex offender on parole. Mrs. Lychner became an advocate for victims’ rights and pushed for legislative change on the state and national level. She was a founding member of Justice for All, which began in Houston in 1993. Mrs. Lychner also fought for changes to sex offender registration laws. This resulted in the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996. The act established the National Sex Offender Registry by which the FBI could track certain sex offenders.

Lychner and her two daughters were killed in the 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion.  

In 2006 the Adam Walsh Act was passed by Congress in honor of victims of sex offenders. Pam Lychner is one of the seventeen victims named in the act.  The act enhanced provisions of the 1996 act to include making it a felony federal crime to violate sex offender registration requirements.

William Kelley is currently being held in the Harris County Jail with no bond.




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