SOUTHINGTON - A local man was released from custody on Tuesday after pleading guilty to violating the state’s sex offender registry requirements for the sixth time.
Daniel McLellan, 51, of 101 Center St., pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register during a hearing on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and two years of conditional discharge.
While on conditional discharge, McLellan has been ordered to comply with the state’s sex offender requirements and avoid any further arrests - otherwise he could be exposed to a year in prison.
According to police, McLellan reported to the state’s sex offender unit in 2016 that he resided at a home on Delahunty Drive until December 2017, but investigators found that he never lived there. Police said 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 arrest warrant as “mentally compromised.”
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 “in compliant” status with the state’s sex offender registry unit. Police said he convinced the mentally compromised woman he could use her home address, despite not living there.
According to Bristol Superior Court officials, McLellan has five times been previously convicted of failure to register. He is required to register because of a 2003 conviction of third-degree sexual assault.
Following his hearing Tuesday, McLellan was released from custody to begin his conditional discharge. He had been held in custody since his arrest on Nov. 27.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.