Deputies are looking for two sex offenders who have failed to register with the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
The first man, Orlando Fisher, 26, was indicted in March for failure to register, which is a felony offense. Under Ohio law, all sex offenders are required to register annually with the sheriff's office for varying numbers of years, depending on their sex offender classification.
Fisher's last known residence was in the 1100 block of E. Parish St., according to the sheriff's office Web site. He is a sexually oriented offender.
Fisher pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in December 2001. The victim, a then 13-year-old girl, told police Fisher had sex with her when he was 19, according to the police report. She also told police he was aware of her age, although when questioned by police Fisher denied knowing the girl or having sex with her.
Fisher's case has been turned over to the sheriff's detective bureau.
"He knows there are charges out there, and he is laying low," Westcott said.
The second man, John Arowood, 44, was last known to reside in the 2400 block of Columbus Ave. and is a sexually oriented offender, according to the sheriff's Web site.
Arowood was convicted of gross sexual imposition with an adult female victim.
In June he was also indicted for failure to register.
"He is a special-needs person and may not understand the gravity of what he has done," Westcott said.
It is believed Arowood has left the area. The U.S. Marshall's Office in Cleveland has been contacted for help in the investigation, Westcott said.
These men are two of 152 sex offenders in Erie County.
"The vast majority of all sex offenders try to remain compliant," Westcott said.
People with information leading to the whereabouts of these men should call 419-625-7951, ext. 271.
Huron and Ottawa County sheriff's offices, when contacted Wednesday evening, could not say if they had any sex offenders who have not registered their current address.