An Ocala sex offender who recently got out of prison was arrested after he failed to update his driver’s license information within 48 hours of registering his new address.
Luke Daniel Westfall, 34, was convicted in Allegany County, N.Y., in June 2008 of three counts of third-degree rape and is required to register as a sex offender. He initially registered in Marion County in August 2018.
On May 26, Westfall reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and updated his registration after being released from the Department of Corrections and said he would be living at 10685 W. Hwy. 326 in Ocala. He was reminded of the registration requirements, which include reporting to a Division of Motor Vehicles office within 48 hours to update his license or ID card. West signed a form acknowledging he understood the requirements, according to the sheriff’s office report.
On Thursday, Westfall came back to the sheriff’s office and reported to a deputy that he intended to move to New York. He said he did not report to the DMV within 48 hours because he didn’t have transportation, although he lives at a residence where a car is located. When asked why he didn’t call the sex offender unit to discuss his violation, Higginbotham said he didn’t have a phone, although his roommate has a cell phone. He later said he had no excuse for not going to the DMV besides not having transportation, the report said.
Westfall is being held without bail in the Marion County Jail and is due to appear in Marion County Court on July 7.