Tahlequah Daily Press

January 8, 2013

Sex offender arrested for failing to register

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A convicted sex offender was arrested last Friday after he allegedly stayed for several weeks in a home near a daycare facility in Tahlequah.

David L. Owens, 46, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for failing to comply with the sex offenders registration act, failure to notify authorities of a change of address, failure to register as a sex offender, and being a sex offender living within 2,000 feet of a daycare or school.

Owens was convicted of lewd molestation in Cherokee County several years ago. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dexter Scott said the previous felony charged involved a child.

Owens was recently sent an autobiographical information sheet, which authorities said is sent to sex offenders who reside in Cherokee County, but Owens responded to all of the questions by saying he didn’t know the answers.

“He never answered one question,” said Scott. “At the very end of it, he said he was on probation and we could talk to his lawyer about this.”

Deputies on Friday went to look for Owens at his last known address to talk about his failure to respond to the questionnaire, but a family member at the residence said Owens had been living with his girlfriend somewhere on Fox Street in Tahlequah.

Officers began visiting with residential managers in the Fox Street area Friday and were given the address of a trailer home where Owens had reportedly been staying. The person living in that trailer, a family member of Owens’ girlfriend, told officers that Owens and his girlfriend had stayed there from Dec. 24 until last Thursday.

Deputies were told Owens and his girlfriend rented a motel room on Downing Street and could have been there. Scott said he drove toward the motel and spotted Owens and his girlfriend walking on Water Avenue. Owens was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center.

According to court records, Owens has previously been charged in Cherokee County with threatening a witness, attempting to threaten a witness, making a telephone bomb threat, assault and battery on a police officer, and domestic abuse-assault and battery.

The bomb threat and assault on a police officer were both dismissed, records show.