Jeremy Lawton


An Aiken man, who is also a registered sex offender, was charged Thursday in connection to multiple crimes from separate incidents, including failure to register as a sex offender.

Jeremy Clinton Lawton, 31, of the 200 block of Pipeline Road, is charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol; possession of a stolen vehicle; receiving stolen goods represented as stolen more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; unlawful possession, sale or delivery of a pistol; and failure to register as a sex offender, according to jail records.

Lawton has been charged with many of these same charges multiple times over the last 15 years, records show.

He was convicted of the charge of peeping tom or voyeurism, which requires him to report bi-annually to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to register as a sex offender.

On Sept. 26, deputies responded to the 400 block of Hampton Avenue to complete an address verification on Lawton, but, upon arrival, deputies were advised Lawton has not lived at that address since January, according to the report.

Being a sex offender, it is mandatory for him to report any address changes immediately, which he did not. He last reported to the Sheriff's Office on July 16, where he signed documents stating he lived at the Hampton Avenue address, police reported.

He also provided police with a phone number that was inaccurate. Records show he has three previous convictions of failing to register as a sex offender in 2013 and 2014.

On Aug. 4, a 50-year-old Wagener man reported his 1999 white Ford F250 had been stolen from Old Bell Road in Aiken around 7:30 a.m. on July 31, according to the report.

Following an investigation, police determined Lawton was likely the suspect.

On Thursday, deputies responded to the 900 block of Wrights Mill Road in Aiken in reference to a stolen Chevy truck being spotted there, according to the report.

Upon arrival, deputies found the stolen vehicle parked in the driveway with Lawton sitting in the driver's seat, police reported.

During a search of Lawton's person, investigators found a semi-automatic pistol in his waistband, which also came back as stolen, the report states.

Deputies also reported finding a second pistol inside the truck, which did not come back as stolen.

Lawton was arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Friday afternoon.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.