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Sex Offender Fails To Register in Greenwich

A convicted sex offender from Florida was arrested Tuesday by the Greenwich Police Department for not registering with the state when he relocated to Old Greenwich last month. Upon hearing of the warrant out for his arrest, he fled Greenwich to a town in Massachusetts, where he was detained as a fugitive until detectives took him into custody.

Steven E. Amoling, 44, of 26 Nimitz Place, Old Greenwich, was required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 2007 conviction in Florida for lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 years of age. The offense occurred in 2001. He was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison but was released in early 2010.

On April 13, Amoling notified the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that he was permanently relocating to Greenwich from Naples, Fla. Nationally under Megan's Law, sex offenders are required to register locally as an offender. Under Connecticut law, an offender has five business days from the date of arrival to register in person as a sex offender with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry Unit. Greenwich detectives monitored Amoling from the moment of his arrival. After Amoling failed to register within the statutory timeframe, police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Amoling then fled Greenwich without notifying the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Connecticut registry of his new address. On May 16, with the assistance of the U.S. marshal service and the North Attleboro Police Department in Massachusetts, Amoling was arrested as a fugitive. On Tuesday, Greenwich detectives picked up Amoling in North Attleboro and took him into custody at headquarters in Greenwich.

He was held on $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in court Wednesday.

According to Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department, Amoling had several previous arrests in Florida, including violation of probation, burglary, robbery, battery domestic violence and drug offenses.

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