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Deputies arrest McKeesport sex offender for violating registration requirements

| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Nelson Diggs, 53, formerly of McKeesport. Diggs was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at a Mt. Oliver apartment.
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Nelson Diggs, 53, formerly of McKeesport. Diggs was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at a Mt. Oliver apartment.
Cheryl Awkward, Diggs' sister, was also taken into custody after sheriff's deputies said she violated a protection-from-abuse order.
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Cheryl Awkward, Diggs' sister, was also taken into custody after sheriff's deputies said she violated a protection-from-abuse order.

Allegheny County Sheriff's deputies arrested a McKeesport sex offender in Mt. Oliver on Thursday night on warrants for repeatedly violating his registration requirements.

Nelson Diggs, 53, is required under Megan's Law to register his address with the state in connection with a 2009 conviction on charges of indecent assault of a person younger than 13 and corruption of minors.

The Sheriff's Office said Diggs hasn't kept up with those requirements and gave state police a nonexistent address. Police said the warrants leading to Diggs' arrest Thursday stemmed from three incidents since 2015 in which he was convicted of failing to comply with registration requirements and violating terms of probation, court records show.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies determined Diggs was staying Thursday night in Mt. Oliver with his sister, Cheryl Awkward, at her boyfriend's apartment — despite Diggs having a protection from abuse order against Awkward. Deputies arrested Diggs there without incident, and took Awkward into custody for allegedly violating the PFA.

Diggs was in custody at the Allegheny County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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