Sex offender lived in St. Pete under fake name, never registered: DOJ

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – An unregistered sex offender for nearly 20 years has been arrested after officials said he was found living in St.Petersburg under a false name.

John Paul Angel Jr., 43, has lived in the Tampa area under the name John Saravia since 2012, according to the US Department of Justice.

The DOJ said Angel was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a minor in Bergen County, New Jersey in 2001 and served three years in prison. He has not registered as a sex offender or reported his location since 2003.

The DOJ said an arrest warrant was issued for him in 2005 after he failed to attend a legally required annual meeting with officials in New Jersey.

Law enforcement discovered Angel was living in St. Pete in April.

He was arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison with the possibility of a lifetime supervised release.

The incident was investigated by the United States Police Department, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, the Clifton City Police Department, and the New Jersey Parole Office. Sex offender lived in St. Pete under fake name, never registered: DOJ

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