Tahlequah Daily Press

March 7, 2011

Task force snares sex offender

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Members of a U.S. Marshal Service fugitive task force nabbed a Missouri sex offender early Friday morning near the Adair-Sequoyah County line.

Douglas Michael Ihrig, 26, was living in a tent on some pasture land belonging to a friend, said U.S. Marshal Matt Hyde. Hyde said Ihrig was apparently clearing the land for the friend in exchange for being able to stay on the property.

Ihrig was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender in Buchanan County, Mo. He was believed to have been living in St. Joseph, Mo.

Missouri’s sex offender registry indicates Ihrig  was 11 at the time of the offense. He was convicted in Bakers City, Ore., for the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old boy, according to the website.

Members of the task force, including the Cherokee and Adair County sheriff’s offices and the Muskogee and Sallisaw police departments along with the USMS, arrested Ihrig without incident around 2 a.m. Friday.

Ihrig was taken to the Adair County Jail and remained there Friday evening. He will be returned to Missouri to face charges in St. Joseph, Mo.