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Sex offender charged with failing to register

A convicted sex offender who moved from Freeport to Georgia in March without notifying authorities has been jailed for failing to register as a sex offender, Nassau County police said Monday.

Rodney Richardson, 44, of Atlanta, was arrested May 17 in DeKalb, Ga., by U.S. marshals, police said.

Nassau County detectives from the fugitive section, the sex offender registry act section, U.S. marshals and Freeport police were working on a joint investigation in March and discovered that Richardson was no longer living at his Freeport address, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

Authorities traced him to Georgia, where he was arrested on two counts of failing to register and a federal charge of failing to register under the Adam Walsh Act, police said.

According to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, Richardson was convicted in 1994 of first-degree sexual assault and served nearly 4 years at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Richardson is being held in the Nassau County jail for a Monday court appearance. He is represented by Legal Aid.


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