NR 14-6 CRIMELINE Tip Leads To The Arrest Of Absconded Sex Offender
On January 29, 2014, agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested 52-year-old Richard Francis Ludwig, an absconded sexual offender who was residing at 2452 Saint Swithin Lane, Melbourne. Ludwig was charged with the Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Ludwig is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex on a no bond status. Agents are additionally awaiting confirmation on an active arrest warrant from Massachusetts relating to a Registration Violation.
The investigation was initiated after the Sheriff’s Office received a CRIMELINE tip referencing Ludwig and alleged criminal activities. The investigation determined that in 2011, Ludwig cut off his ankle monitoring device and absconded from Massachusetts. Ludwig has been residing in Melbourne as an unregistered sexual offender. Ludwig was originally sentenced as a Level II Sex Offender in Massachusetts relating to a 2009 conviction of Indecent Assault and Battery on a child under eleven years of age.
A search warrant was executed at Ludwig’s residence subsequent to his arrest where agents seized a computer and other electronic media equipment. Agents are awaiting the results of a forensic examination of the evidence to determine if additional charges will be filed.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to call Agent Dan Ogden of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SORT Unit at 321-633-8407 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
For additional information concerning this investigations, please contact Major Tod Goodyear by pager through the Sheriff’s Office Communications (321) 633-7162.