Tahlequah Daily Press

January 8, 2013

Bond reduced for alleged sex offender

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Bond was reduced Monday for a Tahlequah man charged with lewd or indecent proposals to a child under age 16 and soliciting sexual misconduct with a minor.

Donald Lee Paden, 23, was arrested in November after local authorities conducted an online sting aimed at catching sexual predators. He was initially held on a $40,000 bond, but that was lowered to $30,000 over prosecutors’ objections Monday.

Paden is set to be back in court Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrick Snyder created a fake, online profile of a 13-year-old girl last August, and Paden allegedly contacted the profile and eventually began to say he wanted to have sex with who he thought was a teen girl.

Paden was arrested when he allegedly set up a meeting in Tahlequah and showed up, intending to have sex with the so-called teen.

Police searched Paden’s car and said they found several bottles of pills, bottles of alcohol, coloring books, stuffed toys, and other items.

Court records show Paden pleaded guilty as a youthful offender in Rogers County in 2005 for lewd molestation. He was later ordered to enter a sex offender treatment program under threat of a 10-year prison sentence, and in 2008, he was released and given permission to move to Cherokee County.

Paden has pleaded not guilty.