Homeless man in Charleroi accused of violating Megan's Law
A homeless man was arrested Thursday in Charleroi for an alleged violation of Megan's Law requirements for convicted sex offenders.
George Allan Linneman, 43, was arrested by Charleroi Regional Police officer Billy Gardner 5:14 p.m. at Chamber Plaza after police received numerous complaints about Linneman sleeping on borough sidewalks and on the front porch at 717 McKean Ave.
Linneman's registered address under Megan's Law requirements is 717 McKean Ave. and he allegedly told Gardner he lived there.
Gardner said the property's owner, Cliff Yerkey, said Linneman does not live there and doesn't have permission to be on the property.
Police said the rental lease lists Linneman's brother and sister-in-law, Garrett and Tommie Linneman, as tenants. Tommie Linneman purportedly told Gardner her brother-in-law does not live at 717 McKean Ave. but receives mail there.
George Linneman was arraigned on a felony charge of failure to comply with registration of sex offenders and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 3 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
During a May 2005 trial in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, Linneman pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of indecent assault with a person less than 13 years of age.
However, the commonwealth chose not to prosecute other charges, including two felony counts of indecent assault.
On Feb. 24, Charleroi Regional police arrested Linneman after he allegedly broke into a vacant house in the 700 block of Fallowfield Ave., just hours after he was released from jail for failure to pay fines and court costs.
Charleroi Regional police said two workers went to the house to clean earlier that day and found Linneman passed out upstairs next to a case of beer.
In that case, he is awaiting trial for felony criminal trespass and other charges.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.