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Colorado's number one fugitive sex offender arrested

Although sex crimes carry a heavy social stigma, it is important to remember that those charged are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. If charges do result in a conviction, it is vital that a person comply with all terms of the sentence, including those related to registering as a sex offender. Failure to report to the sex offender registry can carry penalties of its own, as three Colorado men found out.

One of Colorado's most wanted sex offenders was arrested Feb. 5 near Printer's Parkway in Colorado Springs. The 61-year-old man was listed as number one on the Colorado Bureau of Investigations' Colorado Top 100 Sex Offender Fugitive List. The man had a warrant out for failure to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested in the 3200 block of International Circle. The Social Security Administration, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations were all involved in locating the man.

In 1999, he was convicted in Arkansas for sex assault against a child and kidnapping, according to authorities. He was taken to the El Paso County jail and was being held without bond. Two other offenders on Colorado's Top 100 list were also arrested the same week.

Allegations of sexual assault, especially of a child, can have long-term effects on the person's reputation, even if found not guilty. Those facing charges of statutory rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure or other sex crimes should be fully informed on what the charges against them mean and what the possible penalties and options for defense are.

Source:  The Gazette, "State's most wanted sex offender arrested in Colorado Springs" Lisa Walton, Feb. 05, 2014

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