Unregistered sex offender arrested in Melbourne

Sex offender flees Massachusetts, lives unregistered in Florida

Author: Ashley Annin, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: Jan 30 2014 04:19:46 PM EST
Richard Francis Ludwig mugshot
MELBOURNE, Fla. -

A runaway sex offender who has been living in Melbourne was arrested Wednesday night, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reported that 52-year-old Richard Francis Ludwig was arrested by BCSO and FBI agents on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, according to a release.

[Florida Today article]

Ludwig, who was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 11, fled his home of Massachusetts in 2011. Deputies say he cut off his ankle monitor before moving to his Melbourne address of 2452 Saint Swithin Lane. He has been living in Melbourne as an unregistered sex offender since then.

Florida Today reports that the agents searched his house, and seized his computer and other “media equipment.”

Ludwig is being held without bond at the Brevard County Jail.