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Sex offender lives off the grid for years, back in St. Louis County custody with high bond

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV) -- A sex offender who was supposed to be registered and has been off the grid for years is finally back behind bars.

Joel Weinman is in the St. Louis County jail after police chased him twice both at high speeds. He’s being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Detectives say they received an anonymous tip that led them to this Chesterfield house. Inside was Joel Weinman; a convicted sex offender who police say has been hiding from them for five years.

“This is someone who said he lived somewhere else when really he lived in this area? I believe so yes,” says detective Andrew Whelehon with St. Louis County Police.

Investigators said he had a fake driver’s license, even went by the name Joey Jay.

This is a man with quite the criminal history. In 1995, he pleaded guilty to promoting child pornography. In 1997 he then also pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct.

“We believe he was reaching out to young boys, 15 to 16 years old, meeting up with them for the purpose of having a sexual relationship with them,” said Detective Whelehon.

Investigators said it’s rare to get a $100,000 bond for failing to register, but prosecutors say this is someone who’s a danger to society.

“He ran twice from police. If he gets out again, he’s been on the run so the concern is if he gets out again we won’t see him,” said Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch

Neighbors can’t believe he’s been living on a street with children this whole time. Investigators, prosecutors and concerned residents hope the high bond keeps Weinman behind bars.

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