CELINA — Mercer County authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and various traffic offenses.
According to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Dennis Studer was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Saturday for traffic violations and was booked into the Mercer County jail. Studer was released on bond, but it was later learned that he gave a false address when bonding out of jail.
As a convicted Tier III sex offender, Studer is required to register his address every 90 days for the rest of his life.
Studer had been a resident of Mercer County in the past and had moved to Tennessee late last year, according to the sheriff’s office. He absconded from Tennessee authorities and had not notified any agency of his address for several months.
On Monday, after enough information was obtained to establish probable cause for an arrest, Mercer County deputies went to a residence on Wayne Street in Celina, only to learn that Studer had fled on foot shortly before officers arrived.
Anyone with information on Studer’s whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement authorities.