NILES - A former Mason Street resident is facing charges of failing to comply with his sex offender registration after he was evicted from his home.
Michael Hill, 30, formerly of 450 Mason St., is facing charges of failing to comply with sex offender registration guidelines and failing to notify authorities of an address change. His landlord evicted him last fall after reading a news article about sex offenders living near a school bus stop, according to a Trumbull County Sheriff's Office report.
Deputies sent three letters to his old address on Jan. 24 and 25, when Hill was supposed to register as a Tier II sex offender, the report states. Deputies also called the number he left but didn't get an answer.
When deputies knocked on the door, a woman told deputies that her family moved into the home in September. The landlord told deputies he forced Hill to leave after reading a Tribune Chronicle article that five registered sex offenders lived within 100 yards of a bus stop for four children younger than 13. The bus stop immediately was moved after a reporter alerted school officials.
The landlord told police he did not know until Hill was named in the newspaper that he was a sex offender and ordered him to leave.
Deputies reported they would file charges in Warren Municipal Court. Charges had yet to be filed as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, nor had he be found as of Wednesday, according to reports.
Hill, according to Tribune Chronicle archives, was convicted of sexual imposition twice. In 2005, he was convicted on accusations that he grabbed a private region of a woman's body and attempted to start a fight with the man she was walking with in the first block of South Cedar Street.
Hill was also convicted of gross sexual imposition in 2002 after a 20-year-old Churchill Road woman told police she was raped while in a drunken stupor, reports state.
He spent a combined 180 days in jail, according to records.
Hill's home sat across the street from a home where three violent sex offenders lived. All three are accused of sex crimes involving minors, including one who two psychologists testified at his sexual predator hearing in 2006 that he was likely to re-offend.