If you go
What: Sexually violent predator
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel
Steamboat Springs The Routt County Sheriff's Office is alerting residents that a man classified as a violent sexual predator has moved to the county.
A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel to inform the public. The meeting is part of a public notification process required by law. It is the first time such a meeting will be held in the county, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said.
Wall would not release the man's name, address or crime until Friday's meeting. Wall said the man had already registered as a sex offender in Routt County.
Though Wall would not release the name, there are five people registered as sex offenders on the Routt County registered sex offenders Web site. One of the men, Ronald Eugene Noel, registered Oct. 31, 2006 and is listed as a transient. He was convicted in 2000 of attempted fist degree sexual assault in Oregon. He was considered a "predator" by the Oregon State Police, which required public notification.
Wall would not say whether the public meeting concerned Noel. However, Wall has said previously that the man's crime was committed in Oregon.
Neither the Colorado Bureau of Investigation nor Routt County currently list Noel as a sexually violent predator. Noel's crime involved a girl between 5 and 8 years old, according to the Oregon State Police.
At the Friday meeting, the man's name and address will be released along with a photo, Wall said.
A sexually violent predator is the most severe classification given to a sex offender.
"These are the ones that are found to be the most likely to re-offend," said Lance Clem, public information officer for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Clem said the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice suggests to law enforcement officials that the information about the predator be withheld until the public meeting to avoid retaliation or public alarm.
"The sheriff is following what DCJ recommends," said Clem, adding there is nothing in the law that would prohibit Wall from revealing who the man is now.
Currently there are 44 sexually violent predators registered with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and 22 of them are either incarcerated or have been deported. None of the people listed has a Routt or Moffat County address.
The number of people classified as sexually violent predators is growing because people are given the classification when they leave prison, and the public notification law has only been in place since 1999.
"It's still new in a lot of communities, but it's becoming much more common," Clem said.
The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice assists communities with the public notification process.
Local officials at the meeting will include Wall and Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, as well as a representative from the probation department.
Joel Rae, Steamboat Springs Police captain, will be at the meeting. Rae, who would not release the name of the predator because the meeting is being run by the Sheriff's Office, said the man has been working within the city, but not living in Steamboat.
"People that are concerned, I urge them to go to the meeting," Rae said. "I think there will be valuable information."
The goal of the meeting is to enhance public safety and protection by educating people about what to do and how to keep the community safe, Clem said.
Wall advised against bringing children to the community meeting, but appropriate information should later be relayed to children.