Sex offender rearrested after failing to report move

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 51-year-old Pelham man who pleaded guilty in 2012 to possessing child pornography is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond after he allegedly failed to comply with his sex offender notification requirements.

Imafiatano

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tomassi Francesco Imafiatano on July 11 after a Shelby County Circuit Court Judge ordered Imafiatano’s probation to be revoked in January.

Imafiatano pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in August 2012, and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. As a condition of his probation, Imafiatano was required to register as a sex offender and keep the SCSO up-to-date on his current address.

Through a plea agreement in 2012, charges of intimidating a witness, making terrorist threats and production of child pornography were dropped.

According to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Imafiatano registered an address when he registered as a sex offender. However, when the SCSO contacted the homeowner in 2016, the homeowner said Imafiatano had been asked to leave the residence, and was found at the Oak Mountain Lodge on U.S. 31 in Pelham.

“Imafiatano did not notify the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that he moved,” the probation revocation request from the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Imafiatano also allegedly left Oak Mountain Lodge in January 2016 without first notifying the SCSO.

“I conducted a home visit at the Oak Mountain Lodge (on Jan. 4, 2016). Imafiatano was standing up looking out the window as if he was expecting someone,” read the Board of Pardons and Paroles report. “Imafiatano let me into the room, but appeared very nervous, and all his belongings were packed. I asked Imafiatano if he was expecting someone, he stated he was expecting a friend from church. I asked Imafiatano about the packed clothing, and he stated he just got in.”

The next day, an SCSO investigator reported Imafiatano was no longer at the motel, according to the report. According to his probation revocation warrant, Imafiatano also said he planned to live on Paddington Station in Maylene, but he did not register the address.

Imafiatano is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court on Aug. 22 for a hearing in front of Judge Daniel Crowson.