The transient suspect arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender had a prior charge for failing to register earlier this year, and his original conviction was for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14, according to records.
The Hollister Police Department arrested Anthony C. Lewis, 48, on July 17 after a disturbance at Quik Stop on San Felipe Road. The HPD alleged he failed to register as a sex offender, and Lewis was convicted of the same charge in January but already had been released from jail.
According to the Megan’s Law database, Lewis was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 by force or fear. He was convicted in 1990 and released in 1991, according to records.
According to an HPD statement from last week:
The Hollister Police Department arrested Anthony Lewis for failing to register as a sex offender.
Around 3:46 A.M., in the morning of July, 17 2018, Officer Rudolfs was dispatched to a call of a man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the Quikstop store located at 10 San Felipe Road.
Officer Rudolfs arrived to the location and contacted a man who identified himself as being Anthony Lewis (48).
Anthony Lewis was recently a transient in Monterey County before being arrested for a warrant out of San Benito County. He was arrested and brought to the San Benito County Jail. Lewis was released earlier this month from the San Benito County Jail. He is also a convicted sex offender and is required to register within 5 days of his release from the jail. He failed to register within the required time.
Lewis was taken into custody and charged with failing to register within 5 days of being released from jail.
Convicted sex offenders that are required to register, must register their home address every year within 5 days of their birthdates. Those listed as transients, must register every 30 days and within 5 days of moving into any new city or county.
This arrest is the second incident within two weeks of a transient being arrested for sexual crime offenses. On July 4th, Shaun Allen Heflin (29) was arrested for a warrant where he was wanted for rape and other charges (Press Release #18-023).
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is requested to contact Officer Rudolfs at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.