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Ocklawaha woman arrested for failing to re-register as sex offender

Crystal Marie Geiss

An Ocklawaha woman was arrested Monday after she failed to re-register as a sex offender during the month of January.

Crystal Marie Geiss, 38, of 18349 SE 54th Place, was convicted in October 2001 in North Carolina of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. As a result, she was required to register in Florida as a sex offender, which she did in June 2012 in Hillsborough County, and re-register twice a year, in her birth month and six months later.

Geiss, whose birthday is in July, most recently re-registered with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in July 2020 and was reminded to re-register in January 2021.  She reported to the sheriff’s office six times since then to report vehicle and job changes, and to add an email address. In each visit, she was reminded to re-register in January 2021, according to the sheriff’s office report.

On Monday, Feb. 1, a deputy in the sexual offender/predator unit checked the registration logs and saw that Geiss had not re-registered during her required month. The deputy checked the Marion County Jail database and saw she wasn’t incarcerated during the month, the report said.

The deputy contacted Geiss on Monday at the sexual offender/predator unit. After being read her Miranda warning, Geiss said she had no excuse that would be good enough for not registering. She was charged with failing to register biannually as a sex offender and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released early Wednesday on $2,000 bond. Geiss is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on March 9.