Bedford man sentenced to prison for violating sex offender registration requirements

BEDFORD – Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John M. Plummer III sentenced a Bedford man
to 18 months in the Indiana Department of Correction after he failed to follow sex offender registration requirements.

Troy Allen Terry

Troy Allen Terry, 55, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure of a sex or violent offender to possess
identification, a Level 6 felony, as a part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of

The plea agreement, negotiated by Lawrence County Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Cummings, outlined that Terry would spend 545 days in the Indiana Department of Correction, after failing to comply with the requirements of the Sex or Violent Offender Registry. 

“This defendant had certain requirements placed upon him after a previous conviction for child molesting,” Deputy Prosecutor Cummings said. “Identification requirements are put in place to keep the community safe and ensure that the people who are required to register do so. We thank the Lawrence County Sherrif’s Office for their diligent pursuit of individuals who are non-compliant.”

Terry, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested on June 27, 2023, after he failed to possess a state-issued identification card or driver’s license.

According to Detective Sgt. Michael Ramos, Troy Terry was convicted of child molestation on September 20, 1995, in Jasper, Indiana. He is classified as a sexually violent predator and is required to register with the State of Indiana and possess a Bureau of Motor Vehicle identification card or driver’s license.

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles reported Terry’s Indiana identification card expired on April 24, 2015.

On May 16, 2023, Terry was interviewed by Chief Deputy Tony Siedl and Lawrence County Receptionist Larry Reed. Terry admitted to only possessing an Indiana Department of Corrections identification. He told investigators that he needed to obtain his birth certificate to get the identification. Terry said he “would try to fix” the problem.

On June 13, 2023, investigators again interviewed Terry about him obtaining his identification. He was told to get his identification by Friday, June 16, 2023.

On June 21, 2023, Sgt. Lonnie Johnson located Terry at Mitchell Manor Nursing Home and he was arrested on a charge of failure to make, keep, or furnish records.