CLEARFIELD – A Texas man, who is living in our area, has been charged by Lawrence Township police with a felony count of failure to comply with registration of sexual offender requirements.
Michael David Johnson, 52, whose current address is the Budget Inn Motel on the Clearfield-Woodland Highway, was sought by police after they received information from Texas about him staying in Clearfield.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers sent Johnson several letters to his registered Texas address starting in February telling him he had to verify his address.
A letter was also sent to his employer who was listed as being in Coalport, notifying him that Johnson had to verify his registration information every 12 months and before Feb. 20 each year.
A third letter sent to Johnson in Texas on Aug. 10, advised him he had to appear within the next 15 days or he would be subject to prosecution.
A local investigation into Johnson’s whereabouts began on Aug. 8 after a tip was received through the Megan’s Law public Web site stating that Johnson was “hiding out” in a room at the Budget Motel in Clearfield.
Police confirmed Johnson was at the motel and learned he was driving a small, red truck that he parked directly in front of the room. The vehicle is registered to an elderly woman living at Graystone Court in Clearfield.
Although the charges were filed Jan. 3, Johnson was not taken into custody until Jan. 17, according to online court documents.
On Wednesday, Johnson waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He remains incarcerated on $75,000 bail.