Authorities in Ocean County have arrested and charged a convicted sex offender from Brick Township with failing to notify police that he was moving, officials said Wednesday.
Anthony M. Palazzo, 26, is charged with failing to register out within 10 days of moving, a third degree crime, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities began investigating Palazzo two weeks ago and arrested him Wednesday.
According to the state’s sex offender registry, Palazzo, a Lonna Court resident, was convicted of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child in 2004.
Registered sex offenders are required by New Jersey state law to either register annually or every 90 days with the police department of the municipality in which they reside and when they change addresses. An investigation revealed that Palazzo failed to register out with the Brick Township Police Department and was residing in Monmouth County, Della Fave said.
After his arrest in Marlboro, Palazzo was taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, and was later transferred to the Ocean County Jail. His bail was set at bail at $5,000 cash. Palazzo remains in custody pending posting bail and presentment of the charge to an Ocean County Grand Jury, Della Fave said.
If convicted of the third degree offense, Palazzo could face up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.