Sex offender charged with failing to register under Megan's Law
By Braden Ashe
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 12:51 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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