John Welch

Man charged with failing to register as sex offender

Published Jan 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

WESTMORELAND — A 43-year-old man was charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

Sheriff’s investigators Christopher J. Paravati and Melissa Bolton said John Welch, of Westmoreland, was charged with one count of failure to register his internet details, a class E felony.

Welch is listed as a Level 2 sex offender, and as a sex offender, he is required to register any internet details, Paravati said. The county Child Advocacy Center was notified that Welch may have a Facebook page and never registered it, investigators said.

The matter was investigated and it was determined that Welch did have a Facebook page which had not been registered with the state Sex Offender Registry.

Welch will appear in Whitestown Court.