A 22-year-old high-risk sex offender who was fitted with a GPS is accused of cutting off the $1,400 ankle device and failing to turn it over to state authorities after multiple requests.
Jerome Lionel Pleasant pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree theft. His trial is Aug. 29.
Pleasant is a Pasco man, though he's listed in court records as a transient. He is classified as a Level 3 sex offender -- meaning he is highly likely to reoffend -- because of his 2006 conviction for first-degree child molestation and his 2011 conviction for failing to register as a sex offender.
According to an affidavit written by Charles Dorendorf, a community corrections officer with the state Department of Corrections, Pleasant's right ankle was fitted April 23 with a locator ankle bracelet.
Pleasant also was given a wall charger to attach to the GPS device. He then signed and dated a form about caring for and using the equipment, and told Dorendorf he "fully understood" that he was responsible for it and could be charged with a new crime if it was damaged or lost, the affidavit said.
Then on May 15, Pleasant was at the Crazy Moose Casino in Pasco when he allegedly let the GPS unit die. Department officials were unable to make contact with Pleasant after that point and a warrant was issued May 18.
He turned himself in to the Benton County jail June 5, but no longer had the device on his ankle, court documents said. He was released from jail three days later and taken to the Department of Corrections field office in Pasco, where he met with another community corrections officer.
Pleasant said he'd cut the unit off before turning himself in at the jail, documents said.
He was told to return to the office June 12 with the device, or criminal charges would be recommended to Franklin County prosecutors. He did not show, and another warrant was issued.
Dorendorf wrote that on June 14 he learned the replacement cost is $1,400, in addition to $59 for the wall charger.
Pleasant went to the Pasco office June 19 and was taken into custody and when asked about the device, said, "I don't know where it's at. I don't give a (expletive) about no GPS unit. I should pawn it," court documents said.
Pleasant is being held in the Franklin County jail on $5,000 bail, in addition to a state corrections hold.