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Steamboat meeting addresses sexually violent predator

Pilot & Today Staff

Ronald Eugene Noel

— The Routt County Sheriff's Office hosted a public meeting Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to inform residents that a sexually violent predator is re-entering the community.

According to a Sheriff's Office release, Ronald Eugene Noel was convicted of attempted sexual assault on a school-age child in Oregon in January 2000. After he served three years in prison, Noel was deemed a predatory sex offender by the Oregon Parole Board in 2004.

Noel is currently classified as a transient and has a history of not registering as a sex offender in Oregon and Montana, as well as in Routt County, according to the Sheriff's Office. Colorado law required that the law enforcement agency of the local jurisdiction notify the community regarding a sexually violent predator.

Victim advocate Diane Moore and law enforcement officials led the meeting Wednesday and answered questions from the 30 community members who attended. Safety information discussed at the meeting is also available at

According to the Sheriff's Office, there are 15 registered sex offenders living in Routt County. Eight live in Steamboat Springs, one lives in Oak Creek and three live in Hayden. For a list of registered sex offenders in the county, visit and search Routt.

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