For the second time in two months, a Stonecrest man with a lifetime mandate to register as a sex offender is behind bars in the Marion County Jail.
Scott John Akerblom, 54, who lives at 17738 SE 114th Ct., was convicted in November 1983 in Plymouth County, Mass., in the rape of a child with the use of force. The conviction carries a lifetime stipulation that Akerblom must register as a sex offender wherever he lives, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report states.
Akerblom, who is a truck driver, was first arrested on May 13 for failing to register. At the time, he claimed his wife had written to Massachusetts authorities on April 19, 2016 when they moved to Florida and she had been told that was all they needed to do. He claimed he didn’t know he had a lifetime stipulation to register as a sex offender but after reading the requirements from Massachusetts, he realized he had made a mistake, a sheriff’s office report states.
After being released on bond, Akerblom registered on May 16 and was told he needed to do so again in June and December. The next day, Akerblom, who is a truck driver, went to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and filed an information update stating that he would be traveling to Louisiana for work and would return on May 24. He said he would notify the sheriff’s office if his plans changed and he was reminded to register in June, the report says.
Akerblom called the sheriff’s office on May 30 to say he was driving to Georgia and Oklahoma and should arrive late the following day. On June 7, he left a message that he was in Pennsylvania and heading to Louisiana and then Palatka. On June 10, he said he was making another deliver in Louisiana. And on June 18, Akerblom reported that he was driving to Arkansas, then to Louisiana and would return to Florida five days later.
On Monday, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy spoke with Akerblom on the phone and asked why he hadn’t registered in June. He said, “It came up so quickly and it slipped his mind.” He said he was out of state but would report to the sheriff’s office when he returned home, the report says.
On Thursday, a deputy met Akerblom at the sheriff’s office’s sexual offender unit in Ocala. After being read his rights, he reiterated that registering slipped his mind and said he had no excuse, the report says.
Akerblom was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He was being held on $10,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charge.
Prior to Thursday, Akerblom had been out on a $10,000 bond in connection with his May arrest. He pleaded not guilty in that case and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 10, followed by jury selection on Sept. 23, Marion County court records show.