Sex offender gets trial date

Cary Ashby • Feb 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A convicted sex offender charged with not registering his address in a timely fashion and a man accused of stealing from an elderly relative were arraigned Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

John D. Hunt, 29, of 6 S. Railroad St., Greenwich, is charged with failure to periodically verify his address. The suspected offense took place between September and Jan. 25.

"For some reason, he stopped reporting to probation. (They) couldn't find him," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Hunt, in 1999, was convicted through a Wayne County, Mich. juvenile court of criminal sexual conduct, a third-degree felony in that state. The Lansing Police Department investigated the case.

The defendant is supposed to register his address with authorities through 2014, Leffler said.

Authorities were searching for Hunt in the fall.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office sent a certified letter to Hunt on Sept. 26, which gave him seven days to register his address, but authorities said he didn't reply. Deputies tried to contact Hunt personally three times, but were unsuccessful.

"Things got confused. He fell off the radar. He didn't leave the state. ... He was in Greenwich the entire time," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Judge Jim Conway.

Hunt said he was staying in the village and at one point, he walked by a Greenwich police officer "and they never said anything."

On Jan. 25, Deputy John Vogel arrested Hunt after stopping him in a vehicle on Baseline Road near Plymouth and the suspect reportedly attempted to flee the scene.

Hunt's trial is scheduled for April 25. He must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

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