John Bailey (Photo: Daniel Nee)
John Bailey (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A convicted violent sex offender is being lodged in the Ocean County Jail on charges he failed to properly register with the state under “Megan’s Law.”

John Bailey, 54, Seaside Heights, was arrested Friday, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident by officers from the Seaside Heights Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megan’s Law Unit.

An investigation revealed that Bailey has been employed in Seaside Heights without registering or notifying any law enforcement agencies, a requirement under the landmark 1994 law that tracks convicted sex offenders. Bailey is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.


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According to the New Jersey State Police sex offender database, Bailey was convicted in 1994 with aggravated sexual assault with a weapon. A short description of his crime on the website states he engaged in “multiple violent sexual attacks” and kidnapped female strangers of all ages in stores and other public places.

Bailey is listed as a “Tier III” offender, meaning “repetitive and compulsive,” the NJSP website said.