He had an extensive history of legal problems with multiple arrests detailed in the FBI Database. Presumably has had recent arrests, with what appears to be a current mugshot in his file. While unclear, seems to have spent most of his life in the vicinity of the Ozarks with arrests in the nearby Camden County on 02/14/2010 and 08/01/2010.
However, he was arrested in 2007 in Jefferson City, MO for soliciting a 19 year old male prostitute which indicates he did leave the Ozark region on occasion.
Russ becomes romantically involved with FBI agent, Roy Petty, after the agent uses a fishing excursion to establish contact and build report. Agent Petty, a homosexual himself, being aware of Russ's history of arrests for soliciting male prostitutes uses this information to build a relationship. Though the two appear to have legitimate feelings for one another, Agent Petty's originally only engaged to gain leverage and information regarding Marty Byrdes illicit activities.