Warrant issued for sexually violent predator

Ronald Eugene Noel, 49, may have moved from the area

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Courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Ronald Eugene Noel

— A felony warrant has been issued for a man classified as a sexually violent predator, or SVP, after he failed to re-register or cancel his registration with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Ronald Eugene Noel, 49, last checked in with the Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 and was due back by Feb. 10.

Birch said Noel is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and failing to cancel his registration. There is reason to think that Noel, who is considered a transient living out of his white 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera near Milner, might have moved from the area.

The Citizen Telegram newspaper in Rifle reported the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department held a state-mandated public meeting Thursday for about 80 community members, to alert them that Noel had moved to town. Garfield Sheriff’s investigator Tamra Blackard told the crowd that Noel was looking for work in Garfield. Noel registered in Garfield County on Feb. 9.

Noel was the subject of a community meeting in Steamboat Springs in March 2007, after he registered as a sex offender in Routt County in October 2006.

Noel was convicted in Oregon in 1998 of first-degree sexual abuse on a girl who was between the age of 5 and 8. According to Noel’s attorney, he was given the SVP status because he failed to register as a sex offender in Oregon.

A sexually violent predator is the most severe classification given to a sex offender.

Birch said if people see Noel, they should call Routt County Communications at 970-879-1090. The license plate on his Oldsmobile is 864 VYU.

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