Tahlequah Daily Press

April 25, 2013

Sex offender sweep lands another man behind bars

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Day 2 of a countywide sweep targeting registered sex offenders landed one man in jail on charges he was looking at child pornography.

Authorities arrested Bill Lee Robinett, 70, after arriving at his residence Wednesday.

Court records show Robinett was convicted in Muskogee in 2002 of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child, and was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

State registry information listed his last known address as being on South 492 Road in Tahlequah.

Officers asked Robinett for permission to look around the home when they arrived, and Robinett reportedly consented to them entering his home.

Robinett allegedly told police he didn’t have access to the Internet, but authorities said his home was equipped with a wireless Internet device.

After interviews, authorities were able to obtain a search warrant for Robinett’s home. Officers said they found a piece of notebook paper covered front to back in scribbled website addresses, which were later determined to be sites depicting child pornography.

Robinett then allegedly admitted he has been looking at child pornography since July 2012. He was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges related to Oklahoma’s computer crimes laws that specifically deal with child pornography.

Authorities on Wednesday said they were able to finish up the work they began early Tuesday morning.

Their goal was to check the more than 100 registered sex offenders living in Cherokee County, and ensure they were following all requirements as part of their previous convictions.

Compliance checks were conducted by the U.S. Marshal Service, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, and multiple other agencies.

A handful of arrests were made Tuesday during the sweep, but police said most of the offenders seemed to be in compliance.