Cherokee County cracks down on unregistered sex offenders

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Updated: 11/21/2012 9:25 am Published: 11/20/2012 6:46 pm

Local deputies’ track down one of their most wanted.

It was a sexual predator that was living in a car near a public park.

Cherokee County Deputies have been searching for 58-year-old Richard Kessinger since March. Kessinger was wanted on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender.

He was found in Muskogee on Monday in a car that belonged to 63 year-old Veronica Crow.

She was arrested and charged with a fugitive.

This is the fifth sex offender arrested this year for failing to register. Deputies are working overtime to make sure they know where the sex offenders are living.

"We've had a lot more sexual crimes involving kids," said Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown.

He says this year the department has been pushing hard to keep a close eye on the more than 90 registered sex offenders.

"I have eight kids,” Brown told FOX23. “I want to make sure my kids are safe."

It starts with knowing where people like Kessinger are living. He hadn't registered in nearly a year. This arrest marks the fifth time he’s been charged with failing to register.

"It's not just my kids, I'm concerned about other kids," said the investigator.

This department is putting all their resources together to keep those kids safe. Tahlequah Police, the District Attorney's office, Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and even U.S Marshals have come together to get the offenders back in the system.

"We've had so many throughout the United States, so many missing kids, a lot of them I know you can tie back to a sex offender," Brown said.

In May, they caught up with R.D. Waterdown. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender. Deputies found him living across the street from Keys High School.

Brown says the department is following up on all the paper trails.

"We're going to find you," he said.

Deputies say they want to see stronger legislation that puts unregistered sex offenders behind bars for good.

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