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Sex offender pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM

A convicted sex offender who is serving a prison term for a local drug offense pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to notify authorities of his change of address.

Former Norwalk resident Robert W. Stewart, 24, was sentenced to nine months in prison -- the minimum punishment for the third-degree felony. Since April 18, he has been serving a one-year sentence at the Belmont Correctional Institution for a local conviction of permitting drug abuse and a parole violation.

The permitting drug abuse conviction is for a Dec. 3, 2012 raid on East Harkness Street by the Norwalk Police Department. Officers obtained a warrant after investigating tips about people selling and using heroin at the residence they called "a drug house."

Stewart was one of several people arrested. Authorities said all the suspects were "all known heroin addicts" who had been traveling to Cleveland to buy the drug.

In 2007, Stewart was convicted in Ross County of one count each of gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Classified as a sexually-oriented offender, Stewart has to register his address for 10 years.

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