Man pleads guilty for failing to register as sex offender

LISBON — A Salineville man who was convicted of a sex crime involving a minor in North Carolina in 2001, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Common Pleas Court for failing to register as a sexual offender.

Michael Allan White, 55, East Main Street, Salineville, is required to register and according to the third-degree felony charge failed to do so on Aug. 21.

While pleaded guilty to the charge, but his attorney Jennifer Gorby requested a reduction of bond in the case prior to the March 2 sentencing hearing.

Gorby said White told her he had believed he only needed to register for 10 years and had been living in Salineville for more than a decade. Gorby researched White’s past conviction of indecent liberties with a minor child from 2001 and learned that North Carolina has a 10 to 30-year sex offender registration requirement. However, she said the 10-year option only applies after someone applies for the reduction after a period of time.

Gorby said in talking with White, she believes he was confused about the need to apply for the reduction and did believe he was fine to stop registering after a certain period of time. She explained White does not appear to be a risk to the community and now knows he still has a requirement to register.

Judge Megan Bickerton agreed to reduce the bond from a $15,000 cash or surety bond to a personal recognizance bond of the same amount.

The charge White pleaded guilty to on Tuesday is a third-degree felony and White could face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech said he will be asking for a one-year prison term for White, but he had no objection to the reduction of bond.