Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the June 13th edition of the County Courier. Subscribe to the print edition to stay up to date with what’s going on in your community.
36-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Richford was charged this week with failing to register with the Sex Offender Registry.
According to court filings, Johnson was convicted of aggravated sexual assault with a minor under 16 in 2005, at that time Johnson was 22 years of age.
According to public records, Johnson was released from prison in March of 2013, at which point he was required to file with the Sex Offender Registry. That filing also requires that if Johnson moves, he is to notify the registry within three days of doing so.
Vermont State Police was doing a sweep of Sex Offenders in April to check on their compliance when they went to Johnson’s East Richford Slide Road address; they found he had moved out sometime in the past month, according to a neighbor.
The Troopers continued to look for Johnson, calling him on his phone and searching databases for his last known address.
Unable to find Johnson, a warrant was issued for his arrest, for the next time police came across the man.
Johnson was picked up Sunday evening and held on the arrest warrant.
Johnson was released the next day at his arraignment after signing conditions of release.
If convicted for failing to comply with the Sex Offender Registry, he could see a misdemeanor charge added to his record, as well as up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.