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Westmoreland sex offender accused of having unregistered Facebook account

A registered sex offender from Westmoreland is facing a new felony charge for allegedly having a Facebook account that he didn’t register.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 10:55 AM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2018 10:55 AM

A registered sex offender from Westmoreland is facing a new felony charge for allegedly having a Facebook account that he didn’t register, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

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John Welch, 43, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of failure to register his internet details with the state Sex Offender Registry, which is a felony under New York State Corrections Law.

According to Chief Deputy Joseph Lisi, Welch is a Level 2 registered sex offender, and as a sex offender he is required to register his internet details. Lisi says the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center was notified that Welch may have a Facebook page that he didn’t register, and an investigation found that to be true.

Welch was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Whitestown court at a later date.

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