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Date of Issue: May 04, 2006

Anna Maria sex offender arrested

Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies at the MCSO's Anna Maria substation last Wednesday arrested a New York man for failing to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a convicted sex offender.

John McGrath, 48, of 420 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria, was arrested without incident around 11 a.m. April 26.

According to the report, MCSO Deputy Beau Greiner of the Anna Maria substation investigated McGrath and determined that he had been convicted of a sexual offense in New York, but had failed to register with the FDLE when he moved to Florida several weeks ago.

McGrath was also arrested in Deerfield Beach in October 2004 for failing to register, but moved back to New York after that arrest without informing Florida authorities, the MCSO report said. McGrath had been living in Anna Maria for approximately five to eight weeks prior to his latest arrest, according to the report.

According to the FDLE, McGrath was convicted in New York of attempted sodomy in the third degree.

Florida law requires anyone convicted of a sexual offense in any state to register their address with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement within 48 hours of moving to Florida, moving from one location to another in the state, or leaving Florida.

For more information on Florida's convicted sex offenders, visit the FDLE Web site at www.fdle.state.fl.us.

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, contributed to this report.