• Offender denies concealing change of address
     | January 11,2013

    BARRE — A Granite City man who is a registered sex offender is facing a felony charge of failing to tell the sex offender registry he had moved.

    Paul C. Johnson, 31, pleaded not guilty Thursday to failing to comply with the sex offender registry in Washington County criminal court in Barre. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    According to the Vermont State Police affidavit, Johnson is required to register because of convictions for sexual assault on a minor under 16 years old in 2001 and lewd and lascivious conduct in 2002. State police said Johnson had told the registry he was living at Onion River Campground in Marshfield but that he was actually living in Barre.

    State police said the registry had received a tip on Johnson’s new address in December and that when they checked the campground, they found it deserted.

    State police said they located Johnson and he told them he had been living in Barre for about a month.

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