Sex offender put on probation for registration violation

Cary Ashby • May 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway stressed to the convicted sex offender he needs give the proper personal information to his probation officer.

The defendant, Anthony R. Campbell, 20, of Fredericktown, was placed on two years of probation Thursday and fined $250. His probation officer has the discretion of when to impose the rest of a 60-day jail sentence or can ask the judge to waive it if Campbell does well on community control sanctions. The court credited the defendant with already serving 36 days in jail.

Campbell earlier pleaded guilty to attempted failure to register his address as a sex offender. His conviction was for a July 7 incident.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said there was some confusion about Campbell's registration status because it apparently changed and there were some communication problems.

"Another state told him he did not have to register at all," Longo said. "He's registered where he is now and understands his responsibilities."

If Campbell violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.

"I've been doing what I'm supposed to do. I messed up," he told the judge.

During the summer, Campbell's last registered address was in Huron County. The defendant, who has no felony convictions as an adult, was arrested in Jefferson County while he was working at a carnival.

The former Willard resident's underlying sex crime is gross sexual imposition, which was adjudicated through Huron County Juvenile Court. According to court records, the New London Police Department investigated the June 30, 2007 incident when Campbell was 14 years old and he had sexual conduct with a male victim who was younger than 13 at the time.

In late February 2008, Judge Timothy Cardwell placed Campbell on house arrest and suspended a six-month sentence in the Department of Youth Services plus an 83-day term in detention. The defendant was ordered to successfully complete sex offender treatment at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services.

On Aug. 4, 2010, Campbell had his probation terminated. He later was reclassified as a Tier I sex offender and ordered to register his address for 10 years starting in March 2008.

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