Randy-Jay Jones – Already a Repeat Sex Offender – NonCompliant Sex Offender

Sex Offender Laws are in place for a reason.
Comply, or go to jail, it’s that simple.

A convicted sex offender on the lam since being released from prison in March is back in Lancaster County Prison after he was arrested late last week.

Randy-Jay Jones, 31, served a 17-month sentence for a bizarre 2007 robbery in Lancaster city in which he sexually assaulted a woman, took her cell phone and later asked for a ransom.

As part of County Judge Dennis E. Reinaker’s sentence, Jones was to register as a Megan’s Law offender for 10 years and serve 7 years’ probation.

Lancaster city police Detective Andrew Morgan said Jones had been giving false addresses since he was released. Megan’s Law offenders are required to provide their address upon release from prison.

“He stated he was at one address, but went to another. Basically, just playing with the system,” Morgan said Monday.

Jones was arrested Friday on a probation violation, and Morgan charged him with failure to comply with registration requirements. Bail was set at $100,000.

The felony charge carries a mandatory minimum 2-year prison sentence upon conviction.

“Any offender who fails to follow the guidelines … they are going to be held accountable,” Morgan said.

Jones was locked up on robbery charges for the city heist in March 2007. He pulled a Philadelphia woman from her car, fondled her and stole her purse, police said.

The woman’s cell phone was in the purse, so police asked her to call it. She did, and Jones answered.

He requested a $185,000 ransom for the return of the phone.

Jones’ lawyer later argued in court that his client was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Eventually, Jones agreed to a $200 ransom and planned to meet the woman on Harrisburg Pike. Police met Jones there instead and took him into custody.

In November 2008, Jones was found guilty of robbery, indecent assault and other offenses.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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