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Sex offenders fail to register

Courtney Astolfi • Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM


Erie County deputies investigated three local sex offenders this week who appeared to be non-compliant with their registration duties.

Two of those incidents resulted in deputies issuing warrants for Sandusky men who were allegedly found not to be living at their required addresses.

Zachary Irby, 43, has pending arrest warrant on fourth-degree felony charges of failing to register as a sex offender.

On Wednesday afternoon, Capt. Steve Westcott went to the Hollyrood Road home at which Irby should have been living, according to a deputy's report.

Westcott found spider webs around the door knob and noted an empty interior. A neighbor told him the home was vacant, but a landlord had been renovating the inside on occasion.

Westcott issued Irby's warrant, but according to jail records, he has not yet been located.

And on June 21, Deputy Trevor Harlow checked on Ervin Clinton Jr., 34, at his registered East Forest Drive address, according to another report.

There, a resident told Harlow Clinton had not resided at that home for about one year. Westcott looked in on Clinton's secondary Farwell Street address four days later, but a resident at that home said Clinton does not live there, nor has he for an extended period of time, the report said.

Relatives on Farwell Street told Westcott he was on the right track, after he said he'd checked homes on East Monroe and Wayne streets in his search for Clinton, the report said.

On Thursday morning however, Clinton was waiting on Westcott in the sheriff's office lobby. He was arrested on a failure to register charge and taken to the Erie County jail.

And finally, on Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to not pursue charges against a 40-year-old sex offender recently released from prison.

That man is registered as homeless, but Westcott noted he was living at a Cleveland Road hotel or occasionally staying at a Vine Street home, according to a report.

A parole officer learned he'd been living on Vine Street for several nights in a row, and had also allegedly slept or showered at a Jefferson Street apartment near a school. A boy there said the man slept on stairs leading up to the apartment, the report said.

The man later told deputies he had not violated his restrictions, as he had only spent two nights at the location, rather than the prohibited three-or-more nights.

Prosecutors declined charging him. 

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