Search for convicted sex offender ends in Caldwell County, Texas

Published 12:30 am Sunday, October 17, 2010

A convicted sex offender Warren County deputies were seeking has been arrested in Texas, Sheriff Martin Pace said Saturday.

Deputies began looking Friday for Johnathan Ezernack, 30, when they couldn’t find him at his last recorded address, 520 Berryman Road, Lot 25. Authorities routinely follow up with convicted sex offenders, who are required by law to register with law enforcement. Deputies said family members told them they hadn’t seen Ezernack in about three weeks and believed he was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

But, Pace said, an anonymous tip led them to Caldwell County. Ezernack had been working at a motel in the area, the sheriff said, but it was unclear how long.

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Ezernack was being held without bond in the Caldwell County Jail. He was awaiting extradition to Warren County, where he is accused of failing to remain at the Berryman Road address.

Ezernack was convicted in 2002 of indecent behavior with juveniles in Natchitoches, La. He was convicted in a Jan. 15 offense for failing to notify officials of an address change. He served five months in jail, and is serving a three-year probation term on that charge.

Caldwell County is in the southeastern part of Texas, between Dallas and Houston, and is about 430 miles from Vicksburg