SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been arrested and accused of violating the stateâ€™s sex offender registry requirements for the sixth time, this time allegedly taking advantage of a woman who agreed to help him elude the requirements.
Daniel McLellan, 51, of 101 Center St., reported to the stateâ€™s sex offender unit that he resided at a home on Delahunty Drive until December 2017, but investigators found that he never lived there, according to the warrant. Police allege in the document that McLellan had a woman intercepting his verification letters, sent to the Delahunty Drive home where he said he lived.
The woman was described in the warrant as â€śmentally compromised.â€ť
McLellan, like other registered sex offenders, is mailed a letter every 90 days to verify he still lives where he says he does. He must respond to the letters within 10 days to maintain an â€śin compliantâ€ť status with the stateâ€™s sex offender registry unit. Police said he convinced the mentally compromised woman he could use her home address, despite not living there.
McLellan faces one count of failure to register. As of Tuesday, his status was still listed as â€śnon-compliant,â€ť according to the stateâ€™s sex offender registry website.
According to Bristol Superior Court officials, McLellan has five times been convicted of failure to register. He is required to register because of a 2003 conviction of third-degree sexual assault.
â€śFive prior convictions for the exact same statute,â€ť state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee said.
McLellan was charged last week and is being held on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Jan. 8.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.