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Man held for failing to comply with sexual offender laws

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A registered sex offender on Monday waived to court charges that he didn't telling police where he has been living and that he instead gave them false addresses.

Joseph Allen Willison, 27, whose last known address was a house along the 100 block of Haser Drive, New Kensington, is charged with two counts of failing to comply with sexual offender registration requirements.

He is also charged with two counts of making a false statement to state police about where he lived.

The charges were waived in the courtroom of District Judge Lawrence J. Franzi.

Willison was initially convicted of having child pornography, police said.

In affidavit, a state trooper said Willison was released from the Allegheny County Jail on Feb. 14 and that on Feb. 21 he reported to the Kiski Valley state police where he was registered under terms of Megan's law.

Willison allegedly told police he lived in the 1000 block of Virginia Way in Brackenridge.

However when police investigated, the two people living there said he wasn't staying there.

Police allege that at the time Willison was actually living at the Haser Drive address with a woman and her three children. The affidavit describes her as his fiancee.

The trooper said Willison was arrested on March 18 at another address in the 100 block of Haser Drive.

At that time he allegedly said he had changed his address to an apartment in the "300 block of Main Street," in Brackenridge.

State police again investigated and learned there is no such address in Brackenridge, but there is one in Tarentum.

Police said a man in the 300 block of Main Street in Tarentum said the Haser Drive woman called him about two weeks prior to Willison's arrest to ask if Willison could stay there or use the address as his address for Megan's Law purposes.

According to police, the Main Street man said Willison has "never been in the apartment once since" the woman's alleged call. Also, the man said Willison wasn't getting mail at Main Street and the landlord reportedly had no information about Willison.

When arrested and asked where he had been staying since Feb. 21, Willison allegedly said he stayed at the Haser Drive residence of the woman's nephew and in the woman's residence, according to police.

On Monday, a public defender asked that Willison's $25,000 cash bond be reduced, but Franzi said no.

Willison was returned to the Westmoreland County Jail to await trial in county court.

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