Sex offender charged with failing to register under Megan's Law
Allegheny Township police charged a sex offender with violating his registration requirements and simple assault on Monday following a domestic dispute.
Thomas F. Michel III, 28, was arrested around 5:10 a.m. in front of a house in which police say he lives in the 200 block of Bryant Street, just outside Vandergrift.
Police Chief John Fontaine said officers arrested Michel, who the chief said was drunk, after he allegedly threw a wrench at the house's female resident. The wrench reportedly shattered a mirror above the woman, who was struck in the forehead by a splintering shard.
Michel then chased the woman into the street, causing her to fall and scratch her chest, Fontaine said.
As a Tier II sex offender, Michel is required by state law to register any changes of address with state police.
The address he last listed with state police was in Saltsburg, Indiana County, along Woodland Drive.
According to Fontaine, Michel told township police on Monday that he co-signed a lease last August for the Bryant Street property without reporting it to state police. Allegheny Township police found in the house large amounts of clothing and exercise equipment apparently belonging to Michel.
Michel was put on Megan's List, a state police database to monitor sex offenders, in 2007 when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of indecent assault by forcible compulsion. He served nine months in Indiana County jail for the 2006 crime he committed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Michel was jailed again in 2009 when he violated sex offender registration requirements set forth by Megan's Law. He was to remain registered on Megan's List through August 2019.
Michel was arraigned at 10 a.m. Monday before District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec on charges of simple assault and failure to comply with registration of sex offender requirements, a felony.
He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 at Peck Yakopec's office in Allegheny Township.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hosannas for nonprofit helping to fix Tarentum man’s house
- Tarentum Council will auction railway station
- Route 56 overnight closures postponed again
- Couple charged in Washington Township robbery, assault
- New state regulations keep minors out of tanning salons
- Route 56 Bypass in New Ken to close Tuesday, Wednesday nights
- Bridge replacement projects in A-K Valley sticking to schedule
- West Deer residents may have to wait for reprieve from noise
- Not all Republican lawmakers sold on Corbett’s budget
- New Kensington-Arnold consolidates, closes 2 elementary schools
- Mushing catches on in Alle-Kiski Valley