Wanted sex offender in Martin County John Michael Janaskas turns himself in

Published: Nov. 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM EST
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UPDATE: John Michael Janaskas has turned himself in.


According to the attorney representing sex offender John Michael Janaskas, he will be turning himself into Martin County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon.

Attorney Aaron Cohen says his client was in a treatment facility in Miramar, Florida while the manhunt for Janaskas was taking place in Martin County.

"This has all been blown out of proportion. When he was thrown out of the Martin County treatment facility, he went to finish his detox in Miramar," Cohen said.

Martin County detectives and road deputies have been on high alert for the past day, keeping an eye out for Janaskas.

The 29-year-old is a known drug user and convicted child rapist, according to Martin County detectives.

Janaskas is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says he was ordered by a court to attend a treatment facility in Jensen Beach.

That facility, which cannot be identified by detectives because of HIPPA laws, contacted the sheriff's office last week to notify deputies that they had a sex offender in their care.

Employees did not make any effort however, to make sure he was registered, according to detectives.

Instead, the sheriff's office says employees dropped him off at the Walmart in Stuart on Saturday and left. The sheriff suspects they did this because they did not want to have a sex offender in their care, potentially harming the facility's reputation.

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