MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Charles Cox provided an update about the two recent arrests of local sex offenders who fled the state and were later apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
“The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to have these two individuals off the streets so they no longer pose a threat to the residents of Miami County,” Cox stated in a press release. “We would also like to give a big ‘thanks’ to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Sandy Police Department in Salt Lake County, Utah, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their assistance in these cases, as the arrests may not have been possible without their help.”
In Miami County, deputies are assigned to four to five registered sex offenders, according to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.
While on patrol, the deputy makes regular checks on the subjects to ensure their compliance with the rules and restrictions as a registered sex offender.
“Last year we had eight or nine prosecutions because the deputies made their checks on these individuals,” Duchak said.” Miami County is very stringent and we will check and verify where (the sex offenders) are residing on a quarterly basis, if not more.”
Duchak said the sheriff’s office began assigning deputies to check sex offenders last year when Sgt. Mike Marion came up with the initiative. Duchak said does not place any extra burden on the department and officers check on the offenders and get to know their neighborhood as well as the people living with the individuals. Duchak commended Sgt. Marion and SORN clerk Carol Foster for their work in keeping Miami County’s sex offender registry in compliance.
Miami County currently has 158 registered sex offenders. A complete list of individuals on the Miami County sex offender registry can be found on a link on the Miami County Sheriff’s Office website at www.miamicountysheriff.org.
Both cases are still pending further court action.
Information below is from a press release from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
Roman L. Jacklin: Upon receiving an anonymous tip in mid-March, 2015 that Jacklin was a convicted sex offender residing in the Troy area and not registering as required by law, an investigation was opened. Upon looking into Jacklin’s past it was discovered that he was convicted in 1995 of “Felony Attempted Sexual Abuse” in Maricopa County, Arizona which carries a lifetime registration requirement wherever he resides. Jacklin’s criminal history also shows over 30 arrests and convictions in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado for multiple counts of drug possession, forgery, fraud, assault, possessing stolen vehicles, and thefts. Also, in Arizona in 2000 and Utah in 2014 charges were filed and warrants issued for failing to register as a sex offender. There was also a federal conviction for “Bank Fraud” out of California that gave him a 33 month sentence in a federal penitentiary. After compiling all of this information a charge was filed and a warrant was issued on April 6, 2015. Jacklin was quickly apprehended on April 7, 2015. Jacklin was found to have moved into Miami County in January of 2015 (if not earlier) and never came to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to register as required. He was convicted in Miami County Common Pleas court on July 27, 2015 for failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Jason A. Perkins: Jason Perkins was originally convicted of “Felony Corruption of a Minor” in Miami County Common Pleas Court in August of 1997, requiring him to register with the Sheriff’s Office in the county in which he lives for a period of 10 years. He was convicted of “Failure to Register” in 2002 and subsequently went to prison. This conviction and other jail time extended his registration period from May, 2007 to July, 2010. In September of 2008, Mr. Perkins failed to come in for his regular 6-month registration as required and a warrant was later requested. He has been on the run since then with an additional active warrant for not paying child support. In 2013, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of the United States Marshal’s Service to aid in the search for Mr. Perkins as it was assumed he had fled Ohio. After tips of Mr. Perkins being in Colorado, Texas and West Virginia, the US Marshal’s Service was able to finally track him to Georgia in early July, 2015. Perkins is currently in the Miami County Jail on both charges on a $75,000 bond. The U.S. Marshal’s Service is seeking a federal charge of failing to register on Mr. Perkins since he fled the state of Ohio.