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Suspected serial groper arrested


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Updated: 2/04/2013 9:19 am Published: 1/28/2013 9:29 am


US Marshals arrested a registered sex offender in Joplin today.

Marshals say Jaime Hartness, 32, was arrested in Joplin after a vehicle pursuit. A warrant was issued for Hartness after the Tulsa Police Department Sex Crimes Unit along with Broken Arrow and Bixby Police him as the suspect in three recent incidents of sexual battery in the area of 71st and Memorial Dr.

Police say the same suspect is known to have committed at least one offense in Broken Arrow and Bixby. 

32-year-old Jaime Hartness is a registered sex offender from Carthage, Missouri. A warrant is currently outstanding for Hartness for four counts of sexual battery and three counts of indecent exposure.

Police say one incident occurred in the Woodland Hills Mall Parking lot and the other two incidents occurred inside nearby businesses.  In one of the incidents, Hartness also exposed himself to a 16-year old victim.

Hartness may be driving a 2002 gray Mercury Sable with Oklahoma tag 772-FIC.

Anyone who knows where Hartness may be is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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aleman - 2/2/2013 5:00 PM
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They told him if he didn't stop it he would go blind...see he is wearing glasses already

dukshanee - 2/2/2013 11:02 AM
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meant to say good one aleman!!! haha

dukshanee - 2/2/2013 8:39 AM
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lol good on aleman!!!

aleman - 2/2/2013 8:30 AM
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They caught him in church...by the organ

Mayor Maynot - 2/1/2013 10:05 PM
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TBSad I dunno. If you are serious ask the DA not fox.

aleman - 1/28/2013 6:28 PM
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Orange and black...hmmm?Leave to an OSU fan to show his wacker to someone in a parking lot

tiredbeingsad - 1/28/2013 9:47 AM
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QUESTION: Why hasnt Steven Ray Thacker ever been checked into for the murder and disappearence of Danny Freeman, Kathy Freeman, Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman. It happened during his crime spree and it was in his path. He is about to be executed and I would like to know if he was involved. The timing is right on and he was a crazy killer.
 
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