Tahlequah Daily Press

February 7, 2013

Warrant issued for convicted sex offender

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators asked for an arrest warrant this week for a convicted sex offender who has allegedly failed to notify authorities of an address change.

In a report filed with the request, Investigator James Brown said Leonard Mitchell, 22, was convicted in Cherokee County in 2010 for lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child. As a result of his conviction, Mitchell is required to register frequently as a sex offender and to notify authorities when he changes his address.

Brown said he received information recently that Mitchell could be living in apartments within the Southridge addition. Mitchell’s last registered address was on Tarkington Street in the Teehee Addition. Brown went to Tarkington Street and was told Mitchell moved out about a month ago with help from his parents.

Court records show Mitchell pleaded no contest in 2010 to lewd proposals and received a 15-year suspended sentence. His sentence was later revoked and Mitchell was ordered to spend nine months in the Cherokee County Detention Center, with the rest of his sentence suspended.

Prosecutors filed charges against Mitchell for failing to register as a sex offender in November 2011, and he was again sent back to jail for a year after another revocation.

Court records show Mitchell was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.