Tip from public leads to sex offender arrest


Acting on a tip, Lt. Adam Nicholson and Sgt. Ben Rudolph with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Seymour man Wednesday afternoon for failing to register as a sex offender.

The tip reported the sex offender, Ryan Michael Waggoner, 35, was not living at his registered address in the 800 block of South O’Brien Street in Seymour.

Nicholson and Rudolph went to the O’Brien Street address but were unable to find Waggoner.

When reached by telephone, Waggoner told the officers he no longer lived at the O’Brien Street address and had moved back to his previous address in the 300 block of East Brown Street, police reported.

He was located at the Brown Street address and arrested for the offense of failure to register as a sex offender, a Level 6 felony. Indiana law requires sex offenders to report address changes within 72 hours of moving.

Waggoner reported moving to the O’Brien Street address April 8, and a home verification was conducted by the sheriff’s department.

Waggoner told the officers he only stayed a few days at the O’Brien Street address before moving back to Brown Street, a move never reported.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:44 p.m. and is being held without bond.

Waggoner was convicted on a Class C felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor and sentenced to six months in jail on Jan. 17, 2007, in Jackson Circuit Court.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison upon conviction.

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