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March 5, 2013

Man charged with failing to register as sex offender

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed two separate charges against a Hulbert man accused of failing to register as a sex offender as required by law.

Coty Dean Marrs, 24 was convicted of second-degree rape on a 2007 charge in Cherokee County.

According to affidavits filed by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown, Marrs is required to register his address with authorities every 90 days, but he failed to register between May 2012 and February 2013.

Brown said he was unable to contact Marrs at the address he last registered with police. The investigator asked prosecutors to file charges and issue a warrant for Marrs’ arrest, based on his alleged failure to register.

Marrs was then arrested in early February, according to court records, for a failure-to-pay warrant issued last August on his rape conviction. Marrs was released from jail Feb. 11, and was given three days to meet with Brown and register his address.

Brown later filed a report indicating Marrs has still failed to register his address with authorities. Prosecutors filed separate charges based on each of Brown’s reports.

A judge has issued a warrant for Marrs’ arrest. If convicted of the charges, Marrs could face up to five years in prison for each count, along with fines of up to $5,000.

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