Community meeting called

Identity of sexually violent predator, safety to be discussed

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What: Sexually violent predator

community meeting

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

— 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.

Comments

snowysteamboat 7 years, 9 months ago

If he has already registered why is it being withheld?

Could it be this fine fellow?

http://www.co.routt.co.us/sheriff/noel.pdf

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workerbee 7 years, 9 months ago

Scott-

Will the Pilot be covering the meeting? I won't be able to attend and would like to know where the guy is living since I too live in the county. It would also be nice to know where he is working so that I can avoid that place as well.......

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 9 months ago

I know the bleeding hearts and the aclu won't let us castrate these sob"s and they believe these guys have done their time and need to live somewhere, don't we have a spare island... how about a nice condo on alcatraz?

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Scott Stanford 7 years, 9 months ago

All:

The newspaper will be covering Friday's meeting. Also, the story has been amended to include information that previously had not been reported.

Scott Stanford Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today (970) 291-9278/(970) 871-4221

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whyquestion 7 years, 9 months ago

why did wall wait a few weeks before calling this meeting???? is wall and bustos certified police officers yet???? does this perp have a treatment program yet????thank you Matt Stensland for the 3/22/07 article, what a change from the usual protect wall stories!!!!!!will wall protect this perps rights over the safety of routt county citizens?????how scary weeks with out notification RIGHT?????when will the routt county sheriffs web site be back up it has been down for a couple months????? moffat county has a good web site to bad routt county hasn't done the same sheriffs web site that is??????

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workerbee 7 years, 9 months ago

where does it say that he waited weeks before calling the meeting? when has there ever been a meeting like this for a sex offender moving to town? It hasn't if the paper is correct, and I have never been notified of a sex offender moving anywhere in the county or city. It's not the SO job to provide a treatment program, it would (and should) have been part of the sentencing which most likely did not happen here since it is saying that he just moved. Seeing as how a meeting like this has never been called before I would say that Wall is being very proactive on this, but I'm reserving my judgement for what is reported at the meeting. It's not really that scary about weeks with no notification when you consider the fact that we are usually not notified when a registered offender moves to town (except on the web site), never notified or know if someone doesn't register (until they get caught) and the average offender commits something like 100 acts before they are ever caught anyways. How scary is that???? Not sure where you are looking but I have had no problems with the web site (not that I look everyday) but it is up and fine now. Could you be more specific about what you like better about the moffat site compared to the routt? I saw all of the same information on both so not sure what the difference is?

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kingsride 7 years, 9 months ago

I saw a flyer of this individual. The flyer contained the information; Updated 11/06 and contained the name E Bennett, who I believe to be a Routt County Deputy. If my understanding of this is correct, He has been here since at least November of Last year. In all fairness, Gary Wall wasnt sheriff then. Perhaps he is just playing catch up on this.

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dog2 7 years, 9 months ago

I have read in the PB of the Pilot Newspaper several times in the past couple of months that "someone went to the RCSO to register as a sex offender". If you go to the web site listed here ... http://www.familywatchdog.us/ ... you will find the 'National Sex Offender Registry'. There are only two sex offenders shown on this registry for the Routt County area, and one of them has been a repeat offender in the area for quite a while. You would think our RCSO would supply the names of those people who are newly registering with the National Registry so that all of us would know who they are and where they live.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 9 months ago

Sorry Kay... You're beating a dead horse... give it (us) a rest.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 9 months ago

If this woman was like this in court I see why she lost. What a pain. Ding...Why don't you b*tch to someone that cares, if you can find anyone left, after that... get a life!

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 9 months ago

dog2... the colorado bureau of investigations has the colorado offenders registry, a link to national offenders registry, links to police depts. and sheriffs websites that have a local offenders registry, however no there are no listings for any routt county law enforcement agencies.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 9 months ago

oops...dog2... according to the cbi site there are nine offenders in routt convicted of a felony, one's in jail. Didn't take time to go through moffat county's but your familywatchdog site say's there are 16 in craig.

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