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Arrest warrant out for sex offender charged with failing to register

Posted: April 25, 2012 - 12:05am

A Juneau Superior Court judge on Tuesday issued a $2,500 arrest warrant for a convicted sex offender who is charged with failing to register as such.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams requested the warrant, saying Charles F. Fawcett Jr. has not appeared in court since he was released on $250 bail on April 9.

Court records show the bail amount was set by a district court judge on April 5.

Fawcett was indicted by a grand jury last Friday on one count of first-degree failure to register as a sex offender. That’s a class ‘C’ felony with a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Fawcett’s attorney Grace Lee told Judge Philip Pallenberg her client is unemployed, homeless and lives in the woods of Juneau. She said that situation has presented some problems with Fawcett being able to keep in contact with the public defender’s office, especially since he doesn’t have a phone number or set address.

Fawcett was scheduled to be in court April 16 and then again on Tuesday, but he missed both those hearings.

Williams told the judge Fawcett has three prior felony convictions and about 37 prior misdemeanor convictions. Three of those misdemeanors are for failure to register as a sex offender in 2004, 2006 and 2009, Williams said.

According to an affidavit filed by Williams, a cab driver called the Juneau Police Department on April 5 to report a drunk person stumbling on Egan Drive near Centennial Hall. The affidavit states a police investigation revealed he was out of compliance with the sex offender registry.

Court records indicate Fawcett was convicted for third-degree sexual abuse of a minor in 1997.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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