Wanted since May, Manatee sex offender arrested

MANATEE — A man wanted since May for not properly registering as a sex offender has been arrested, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Ralph Fleming, 46, was convicted in 1990 of a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16. Last month, he absconded and left his approved residence, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.

This is at least the second time since his release from prison that Fleming has been charged with not properly registering as a sex offender, according to a news release.

Fleming was arrested Tuesday, and was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.