After being forced to move because his home was too close to a school, former police officer and convicted sex offender James Fitzpatrick will lose the house in a sheriff's sale.
A civil eviction suit was filed against Fitzpatrick in Erie County Common Pleas Court in May when he refused to move from the 620 Decatur St. home. As a registered sex offender, Fitzpatrick is required by Ohio law to live more than 1,000 feet from the premises of any school.
The eviction suit was dropped in September, when Fitzpatrick moved to the 5000 block of Dallas Ave.
A foreclosure motion was also filed in May in Erie County Common Pleas Court against Fitzpatrick and Alicia Fitzpatrick for the Decatur Street residence.
A foreclosure decree was issued in September, and an order of sale was issued Oct. 5.
The two-story home with four bedrooms and a single bath was repossessed by U.S. Bank and will auctioned Nov. 27 with a starting bid of $41,000, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office Web Site.
Built in 1950, Fitzpatrick's former residence was appraised at $61,500 in 2006, according to the Erie County Auditor's Web site.
The Fitzpatricks took out a $50,450 mortgage on the home in August 1995. They owed more than $43,000 in late charges, interest and back taxes on the house at the time of the filing, according to court records.
James Fitzpatrick was convicted in 2006 of four counts of criminal acts against a then 15-year-old for incidents that occurred while on duty.
No one answered the door for comment at Fitzpatrick' residence Tuesday afternoon.