A sex offender was taken into custody after failing to register.


44-year-old Francis Harmer was convicted in June of 2009 for soliciting someone under 16-years-old. Part of his conviction was to register as a sex offender for 15 years. He was supposed to register on August 24, 2019, but did not, even after a warning.

Harmer was arrested at his job and is currently being held in the Mercer County Jail without bond pending his arraignment on September 6th.

Press Release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office

CELINA, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office has arrested an out-of-compliance sex offender for Failure to Register address. Francis J. Harmer, age 44, of 441 N. Linn St., St. Henry, was taken into custody this afternoon at his workplace.

In June of 2009, Mr. Harmer was convicted in Auglaize County of Importuning, which is soliciting someone older than thirteen years of age but less than sixteen years of age for sex. Upon his conviction, Mr. Harmer was ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years from conviction date. One of the duties Mr. Harmer is required to follow is to personally register with the Sheriff’s Office annually.

Mr. Harmer was due to register on August 24. He did not register and a warning letter, as required by law, was sent to him to give him seven days to register. As of the time of his arrest on September 4, he had not registered or contacted the Sheriff’s Office at all regarding his registration status.

Mr. Harmer is being held in the Mercer County Jail, without bond, pending his arraignment on September 6.