Sex Offender Blames Superstorm Sandy for GPS Tracking Woes

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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Sex Offender Blames Sandy for GPS Tracking Woes

NJ Megan's Law

Ernest Jones was convicted of failing to wear a GPS tracker.

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Jurors in Gloucester County have convicted a convicted sex offender of his eighth violation of lifetime supervision under Megan's Law.

The jury found 48-year-old Ernest Jones failed to maintain contact with a global positioning tracking device.

Jones was relocated to a motel in Glassboro, N.J. after Superstorm Sandy.

Authorities received an alert in November 2012 that Jones was out of range of his GPS tracker. Parole officers said they found the tracker with his friend. Jones was located in Millvile eight months later.

Jones' lawyer claimed his client left the tracker behind when he grabbed the wrong trash bag after he relocated and had no means to contact the person.

Jones had pleaded guilty in 1999 to sexually assaulting a young female in Cape May County, according to the state's Megan's Law registry.

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