St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of two sex offenders for state law violations
The Treasure Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, has arrested two law-breaking sexual offenders at a home in Fort Pierce, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"The laws are clear that convicted sex offenders must register and must notify authorities about changes of address," Sheriff Mascara said. "I and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office are committed to strictly enforcing these laws which are on the books to protect the public."
Arrested early Thursday morning were:
- Joseph Francesco Arbelo, 28 (DOB 8/29/82), charged with failure to register as a convicted sex offender; and
- William Edward Gilliard, 19 (DOB 4/29/92), charged with failing to report an address change as a convicted sex offender.
Both remain confined at the St. Lucie County jail where deputies took them Thursday morning.
Detectives had received a complaint that Arbelo, an un-registered Texas sex offender, was living in St. Lucie County. He had not registered with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. He was wanted for a parole violation in Texas after having been convicted in Georgia in 2004 for enticing a child for indecent purposes.
After investigation revealed he was living at 1603 Georgia Ave., Fort Pierce, detectives went to the home, where Arbelo admitted he had not registered as a sex offender as required by Florida law. Arbelo told detectives, "You can't arrest me," a statement which proved to be incorrect. The Texas Parole Commission had issued a warrant for his arrest.
Also at the Georgia Avenue home, detectives found William Gillard, who witnesses said had been living there for at least a month. In August 2008 he was convicted in Marion, Ohio, of rape on a mentally defective victim.
Gilliard claimed that he was going to register later Thursday, but he already had committed a law violation, for which investigators arrested him and took him to jail. * * *
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Joseph Francesco Arbelo, arrested for failing to register as a convicted sex offender
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