A man convicted of lewd molestation three years ago in Cherokee County has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he failed to register as a sex offender.
John Dean Lockett, 44, who has a Muldrow address, was arrested last March by U.S. Marshals in Fort Worth, Texas. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator and Special Deputy U.S. Marshal James Brown had received information that Lockett, who was wanted for felony probation violation, was living in Fort Worth.
Authorities in Cherokee County collaborated with the Eastern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Marshal Service in the Northern District of Texas to track down Lockett and arrest him.
According to U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office, Lockett knowingly failed to register and update his information as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West accepted Lockett’s guilty plea and ordered completion of a presentence report, with sentencing to follow. Lockett remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.
The statutory range of punishment is not more than 10 years in prison, followed by a term of up to life on supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine.
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