Routt Co. issues warrant for sex offender
A newly registered sex offender in Garfield County who was identified by local law enforcement officials at a public meeting last week as living in the area is now wanted in Routt County for allegedly failing to cancel his sex offender registration there.According to a Feb. 18 article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper, a felony warrant was issued for the arrest of Ronald Eugene Noel, 49, by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. He is wanted for “failing to register as a sex offender and/or failing to cancel his registration,” according to the article.At a Feb. 17 meeting at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department Annex in Rifle, attended by more than 80 people, officials revealed that Noel is a newly registered “sexually violent predator” in Garfield County.Noel was said to be currently living in his car, a white 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and is reportedly looking for work in Garfield County.Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said in a press release issued last week that Noel last checked in with law enforcement officials there on Nov. 1, 2010, and was due to check in again by Feb. 10.He registered in Garfield County on Feb. 9, and was most recently seen at the Rifle Lions Park Rest Area, according to Assistant 9th District Attorney Jeff Cheney.Noel’s Ciera has the Colorado license plate number 864VYU. He stands 5-feet-9, weighs 240 pounds and has long, curly dark hair that is tied back in a ponytail. He has blue eyes and sometimes wears glasses.Noel was the subject of a similar community meeting in Steamboat Springs in March 2007, after he reportedly registered as a sex offender in Routt County in October 2006. He was convicted in Oregon in 1998 of first-degree sexual abuse on a 6-year-old girl.The Pilot & Today also reported that, according to Noel’s attorney, he was given the Sexually Violent Predator status because he failed to register as a sex offender in Oregon after his release from prison. A sexually violent predator is the most severe classification given to a sex offender.
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