Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 3, 2014

Second wave of compliance check nets more guns, another arrest

TAHLEQUAH — Day 2 of a countywide compliance check of convicted sex offenders ended with another arrest and more firearms being seized.

Investigators from multiple agencies spent 15 hours traveling the county on Tuesday, and continued their efforts on Wednesday. The goal of the compliance checks was to ensure all registered sex offenders were following the rules of their sentences.

During Wednesday’s visits, authorities arrested 24-year-old Charles Dick on an outstanding warrant related to an assault charge, which had been amended from an original charge of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16.

Dick had pleaded no contest on the assault charge last year and received a five-year suspended sentence, but a warrant was issued for Dick’s arrest this week as a result of a recent drug arrest.

According to sheriff’s deputies, Dick was stopped at a safety checkpoint in Welling last month and ultimately booked into jail for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent, and possession of paraphernalia. Deputies allegedly found a scale and a backpack with marijuana.

Dick was booked into jail at that point, but later bonded out. When a motion to revoke his suspended sentence was filed, a new warrant was issued.

Authorities searched for Dick on Tuesday with no success. They decided to follow up on new information Wednesday by visiting the home of registered sex offender, whom they had visited on Tuesday.

When authorities arrived at the home Wednesday, Dick allegedly tried to hide in a storm shelter but was captured and arrested.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown said police later discovered there were four firearms in the home, though they had checked the previous day and been told there were no guns present. Brown said authorities seized the four guns, as well as some drug paraphernalia.

Brown said no other arrests or seizures occurred Wednesday.

Out of more than 100 registered sex offenders living in the county’s jurisdiction, Brown said only three appeared to be non-compliant during the unannounced checks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Brown attributed the success of the compliance checks to the efforts of assisting agencies and the staff of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Brown said the staff at CCSO prepared folders on each of the 100-plus offenders that included addresses and other vital information.

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