Shawn Steven Perry
Shawn Steven Perry

CELINA – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported that his Office is investigating an out-of-compliance sex offender. On Jan. 28, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware that a sex offender may not be staying where he was reported to be living.

Shawn Steven Perry, 49 years of age, had reported to the Sheriff’s Office that he was “homeless” on Dec. 10, 2019. Due to the reporting of “homeless,” Mr. Perry was required to contact Central Dispatch each evening to report where he was going to be staying that night. Mr. Perry continued to do this until Jan. 27.

On Jan. 28, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office attempted to contact Mr. Perry at the last address he had reported. The residents of that address advised that they hadn’t seen Mr. Perry in several months. At this time, an arrest warrant was obtained by the Sheriff’s Office for the arrest of Mr. Perry on a charge of falsification.

Mr. Perry was located and taken into custody. During the course of the investigation, it was found that Mr. Perry had called in to report where he was staying 46 times. Thirty-nine of those times he lied about where he was staying. Mr. Perry may face additional charges after review by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.