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Deputies arrest man wanted in Ohio
Convicted sex offender left, failed to register
Johnnie Westley Taylor

A 37-year-old convicted sex offender who had fled Ohio was arrested Tuesday night in north Forsyth, authorities said.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s reports, Johnnie Westley Taylor was found at a relative's home on Punch Hammond Road.

Taylor, who had previously lived in New Carliels, Ohio, had reportedly failed to notify authorities he was leaving earlier this month, which is a requirement.

He also hadn’t registered as a sex offender in Georgia, which he was supposed to do within 72 hours after relocating.

According to sheriff’s reports, Ohio authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Taylor, who it was later determined had been in Georgia since May 10.

Sheriff’s reports said Taylor had been on the sex offender registry since a 1998 conviction for first-degree sexual abuse in Kentucky. He later moved to Ohio.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service assisted with the case, which will go to the U.S. Attorney’s office for federal prosecution.