Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on September 28, 2021, Ralph Downey, Jr., 21, of Manchester, was arrested and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2a(3).  Downey was taken into custody without incident by officers of the Manchester Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Law Unit.  “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 or place of employment.  Failure to comply with this obligation is a third-degree crime,” noted Prosecutor Billhimer.  In this instance, Downey failed to meet his annual registration requirement with any law enforcement agencies.  Downey is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with relevant information regarding this case – or others violating Megan’s Law requirements – should contact Sergeant John Argento of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027, extension 2903.  The information may be provided anonymously.  For further information, please visit the State Police Sex Offender Internet Registry at:

http://www.njsp.org/sex-offender-registry/index.shtml

The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.  R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).