Mercer County sex offender accused of not registering address arrested

UPDATE @ 9:32 a.m. (April 19): 

A registered sex offender accused of failing to update his address has been arrested, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Dennis Studer was booked into jail on Wednesday.

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Earlier that day, the sheriff’s office asked for the public’s help finding Studer.

He is facing failure to register a change of address as a sex offender and obstructing official business charges.

Studer is being held in the Mercer County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

His arrest was the result of several tips given to the sheriffs office.

“The Mercer County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for the many tips we had received regarding Dennis Studer,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “...We appreciate the public's help, and encourage anyone that wishes to remain anonymous to visit our website to submit tips.”


Two Mercer County sex offenders are facing new charges after failing to register their new addresses, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dennis Studer, a Tier III sex offender, was arrested for multiple traffic violations Saturday and was booked into jail before bonding out shortly after.

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Studer, a former Mercer County resident who moved to Tennessee last year, reportedly gave the jail a fake address.

Deputies later realized that he was staying on East Wayne Street in Celina.

Studer avoided Tennessee officers and hadn’t notified any agencies of his address for months, according to the sheriff’s office.

Once deputies had enough information to arrest Studer, he left the Wayne Street home shortly before deputies arrived.

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Studer is facing a failure to register change of address charge.

Anyone with information on his location should contact police.

On Thursday, deputies were trying to verify Jonathan Coy’s East Broadway Street address when they found out that he moved April 7.

Coy, a Tier I sex offender, was found living in Portland, Indiana.

The Jay County Sheriff’s Office arrested him on a probation violation from a Mercer County court.

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Coy was transferred to the Mercer County Jail.

A failure to register change of address charge is pending, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.