GREENFIELD — A registered sex offender is back in jail after failing to disclose his new job to law enforcement, charging documents state.
Prosecutors this week filed a charge of failure to register as a sex or violent offender, a Level 5 felony, against Dustin L. Fisher of Greenfield. Fisher has faced the same charge in the past, court records show.
Fisher, 22, 233 E. Main St., failed to inform the sheriff’s department about a new job he started — a court requirement in order to keep the sex and violent offender registry up to date, charging documents state. He was serving time in a work-release program Hancock County Community Corrections in an unrelated case.
Sheriff’s deputies say Fisher has been warned in the past he needs to let them know when he changes jobs, and he’s faced the charge for failing to do so before, court documents state.
Fisher was originally convicted of criminal confinement, a Class D felony, in 2014. As part of his sentence, he’s required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
In June 2015, he pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to serve two years.
Per registry requirements, offenders must report a change in employment within 72 hours. Those changes are then updated on the registry so residents can search for sex offenders living or working in their area.
Fisher started his new job on Feb. 8. As of Monday — 18 days after beginning — he had yet to register his new employment, charging documents state.
Fisher has a lengthy criminal history in Hancock County, dating back to when he was a juvenile, officials said. Records show he’s faced a series of misdemeanors and low-level felonies since he became an adult.
While serving his two-year sentence for failing to register, in 2016, Fisher was charged and pleaded guilty to battery as a Level 6 felony. He was sentenced to serve an additional two years with the county’s work-release program for the battery case, records show.
Later that year, he was charged with failure to return to lawful detention, a Level 6 felony, after he left the county’s work-release program and met up with a teen girl from Hamilton County, charging documents state. The pair was found in Terre Haute. He later pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to two more years, court documents show.
The Level 5 felony he now faces carries a sentence of one to six years.
Fisher is slated to appear in court again in May, and a jury trial has been scheduled for August.