Sex offender arrested after jumping out second-story window

Cary Ashby • Apr 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A convicted sex offender wanted on a related probation violation was arrested after he jumped out of a second-story window Tuesday night.

Eric L. Carroll, 20, of 26A Spring St., was charged with criminal trespassing, underage consumption and obstructing official business after the incident at a Bouscay Avenue apartment.

It started when Norwalk police were dispatched about 11:45 p.m. for a domestic disturbance in connection with a man and woman arguing inside the residence.

"Officers were unable to get an answer at the door. After several minutes, a male subject addressed the officers from a second-story window and advised Eric Carroll was in the apartment and would not let his sister, the tenant, answer the door for us," Officer Paul Gardner wrote in his report.

Police determined there was a trespass notice, barring Carroll from being on the premises of the Norwalk North Apartments and he was wanted on a probation violation warrant. The Huron County Sheriff's Office warrant was in connection with failing to register his change of address as a sex offender.

"At one point, the male subject answered the back door to the apartment and let officers enter. Mr. Carroll then jumped from the second-story, rear window of the apartment and fled on foot," Gardner said.

After a short foot pursuit, police arrested Carroll and issued him summonses on all three misdemeanors. He then was released to the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Carroll was about 16 when he was convicted of sexual imposition through Huron County Juvenile Court in 2009. In mid-June, he was placed on three years of probation through common pleas court for attempted failure to register. Carroll failed to comply with Kentucky's sex offender registration requirements when he left Ohio to be with some of his family.

At a mid-February hearing, Carroll admitted to testing positive for marijuana Jan. 16 when he submitted a urine sample at the Huron County Jail. He also failed to show up for a probation office visit in early January and since June 14, he failed to make payments on his supervision fees, fines and court costs.

Following the joint recommendation between the public defender and prosecutors, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway upgraded Carroll to be on intensive probation. The judge credited him with being behind bars for about 30 days and released him on a personal recognizance bond.

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