Sex offender from California arrested for assaulting young man in Roscommon
A repeat sex offender from California who was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements was arrested for sexually assaulting a young man in Roscommon County.
Dan Joseph Harden, 56, was arrested on after a 20-year-old man told deputies he was sexually assaulted by Harden after he provided the young man with alcohol at his home.
Deputies were unable to locate Harden and learned he had no official employment, no car, no phone and no other ways to identify him. He reportedly worked for cash in the area but refused to fill out paperwork providing his identity.
Through multiple interviews with locals, deputies say they determined Harden's identity and determined he was a registered sex offender in California. He was reportedly in violation of his sex offender registration requirements and had not reported his location to the California Sex Offender Registry since 1999.
Deputies also reportedly learned Harden had additional warrants for new sex offenses in Southern Michigan in 2010.
According to the Roscommon County Sheriff's Office, deputies learned Harden had been evading law enforcement and being careful to hide his identity.
On Saturday, deputies received an anonymous tip that Harden was hiding at an unoccupied seasonal home not far from where he had been living for the past few years.
Harden was discovered living in a heated shed behind the home and was taken into custody.
He is being held on charges of criminal sexual conduct, violation of sex offender registry act, and being a habitual offender.
During the investigation, deputies say they spoke with an additional person who experienced inappropriate sexual advances by Harden. Officers believe similar incidents have occurred and gone unreported.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Roscommon County Sheriff's Department at 989-275-5101.