Tahlequah Daily Press

November 26, 2012

Sex offender turns himself in

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators say a man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender turned himself into authorities last week.

Investigator James Brown said Robert Andrew Peal, 46, surrendered and was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. Peal remained behind bars on Friday on a $6,000 bond.

Peal is required by law to register every 90 days as a level-three sex offender. He last registered in June with a Tahlequah address, but Brown went to that location to check on Peal recently and learned he had moved to Tulsa earlier this year.

Brown said Peal failed to notify authorities, then continued to use his Tahlequah address as a possible way of avoiding registration at his new home.

Peal was convicted in Cherokee County in 1997 on four of nine felony counts, including lewd molestation and forcible sodomy involving a 6-year-old girl. Two charges had been dismissed by then-Chief District Judge Bruce Sewell before the jury made its decision.

During Peal’s sentencing hearing, Sewell said it was unfortunate Peal couldn’t be given a longer prison sentence, and added he and others could “just pray” the system was able to track Peal once he was released from jail.

Peal was released from state prison in May 2007, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. In 2009, he was charged in Delaware County with being a registered sex offender and residing within 2,000 feet of a school – a felony. The following year, he was charged with a misdemeanor crime of being a registered sex offender and providing services to children.

Court records show Peal is wanted in Delaware County for outstanding warrants related to those charges.