A convicted sex offender who fled to the other side of the country was placed on one year of probation Tuesday.
Former Willard resident Mourice A. Hernandez, 35, of Vancouver, Wash., must enter and complete sex offender treatment. Visiting common pleas Judge Thomas Pokorny ordered the defendant's probation supervision be transferred to the state of Washington.
On March 4, the Huron County Sheriff's Office extradited Hernandez from Washington and booked him into jail after he was on the run for 10 years. Civil employee Amy Cawrse, who monitors the sexual offenders' registration, determined through her research that Hernandez was living in Vancouver.
The U.S. Marshal's Office arrested Hernandez on warrants for failure to register as a sex offender and a probation violation.
Hernandez's conviction was attempted gross sexual imposition with a juvenile. The case dated back to April 27, 2004, when a Huron County grand jury indicted him on gross sexual imposition.
In mid-June 2004, he was credited with serving 122 days in jail and placed on five years of intensive probation. A judge ordered Hernandez to have no association with minors. Court records indicate the defendant was classified as a sexually-oriented offender and had to register his address for the next 10 years "with verification on each anniversary of the initial registration."
Prosecutors filed a probation violation Oct. 21, 2004 for Hernandez "absconding supervision," according to court records. As part of the plea deal Tuesday, the state dismissed the probation violation.