A Seaside Park man has been arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender, which is in violation of Megan's Law, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced on Wednesday.

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Thomas Lockhart, 61, of Seaside Park, was arrested following an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Law Unit and Seaside Park Police who learned  that Lockhart, who was previously convicted as a sex offender, was living at the Desert Palm Motel in Seaside Park.

He then allegedly moved without registering or notifying the appropriate local law enforcement agencies, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Tuesday, Manchester Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle being operated by Lockhart and then placed him under arrest.

Lockhart was then brought to the Ocean County Jail where he remains lodged pending a detention hearing.

“Since 1994, Megan’s Law requires certain sex offenders to register with their local police departments whenever they move and/or change their residential address. Failure to comply with this obligation is a third degree crime,” Prosecutor Billhimer said in a statement. “The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, working in conjunction with our local police departments, will be vigilant in making sure that individuals required to register under Megan’s Law are in compliance with their obligations."

Anyone who has information on this case, or any others found to be violating Megan’s Law requirements, should contact Sergeant John Argento of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929 2027, extension 2903.

You can learn more at the State Police Sex Offender Internet Registry at http://www.njsp.org/sex-offender-registry/index.shtml.

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