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Butler sex offender sent to state prison for Megan's Law violation

August 10, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Edward R. Harold

A Butler man was sentenced to several years in state prison after being charged with failing to register as a sex offender — for the third time.

Edward R. Harold, 29, was sentenced to 50 to 100 months, more than four years to more than eight years, in a state correctional facility by county Judge William Shaffer after Harold previously pleaded guilty to felony failure to register as a sex offender.

This is Harold's third offense of the Megan's Law registry after his 2007 conviction for statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He was sentenced to 1 to 2 years in state prison and 10 years of probation, for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Butler, court records showed, as well as lifetime Megan's Law registration in that incident.

U.S. Marshals Service officers caught him in Butler.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, information received from the Butler County Probation Office indicated that Harold was not living at the home address listed on his registry after being released from the Butler County Prison on Dec. 13, 2016.

Police said his residence, employer and mobile phone number information was all found to be inaccurate, the document states.

Under state law, sex offenders must annually confirm their address with state police. They also must register when they move, change employment or enroll in school.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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