MOUNT VERNON — A convicted sex offender admitted to violating the terms of his registration requirements Tuesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew S. Adams, 24, Danville, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to provide change of address, a fourth-degree felony. The charge was amended down from a third-degree felony, also of failure to provide change of address.

The charge stems from Jan. 23, 2018. According to Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville, it was discovered that Adams had created a Facebook page without providing the Knox County Sheriff with written notice of the account. Adams is a Tier 1 sex offender, required to register his address, but also social media accounts and other internet identifiers.

Adams was previously convicted of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, in 2013.

McConville said the charge was amended because his office did not take into consideration that the Jan. 23 incident was Adams’s first offense of failing to register. A registered sex offender who fails to abide by the terms of their registration requirements is charged with the same level offense as they were convicted of on a first offense, but subsequent offenses can be charged as a third-degree felony.

McConville said when indicting Adams, his office had mistaken the charge for a second offense.

McConville has recommended Adams be assessed for possible admission to a community based corrections center.

Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 7.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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