Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 20, 2012

Fed warrant issued for convicted sex offender

TAHLEQUAH — A federal warrant has been issued for a convicted sex offender who has ties to Cherokee County and has allegedly absconded from authorities in Oregon.

Brian Lee Herold, 29, is wanted by federal authorities after he disappeared from a halfway house in Oregon. Herold has family in the Cherokee County area, and Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown said Herold might return.

Herold was arrested in Tahlequah earlier this year after investigators learned he had moved into the area and was living as a homeless man.

Herold was originally convicted of indecent exposure in Wagoner County and later moved to Cherokee County. He was later charged with failing to register as a sex offender and was arrested in Oregon after federal authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.

Herold received an eight-month suspended sentence when he was brought back to Oklahoma, and was also given a five-year suspended sentence on the Cherokee County charges.

He failed to show up to required meetings with federal and state probation authorities, and Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators learned Herold had been living as a homeless man, frequenting Tahlequah parks and checking his email at the city library from time to time. Investigators said Herold used an alias to check himself in at a local men’s shelter.

Herold was captured last March, and was recently released from federal custody.

He moved back to Oregon and was living in a halfway house, but according to Brown, Herold recently disappeared.

Brown is asking the public to contact the sheriff’s office at (918) 456-2583 if Herold is spotted in the area.

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