By Conrad Dudderar
A convicted sex offender allegedly living near a Yukon childcare center has been accused of failing to tell local law enforcement where he was staying.
Yukon’s Matthew Wayne Ross, 41, was charged June 30 in Canadian County District Court with failure to register as a sex offender and sex offender living within 2,000 feet of a school.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Kemp alleges Ross on June 18 “did fail to register as a sex offender with the Yukon Police Department” while living in the City of Yukon “for a period of more than three days,” according to court documents.
The defendant allegedly was “residing/living” at a storage unit at 450 S Ranchwood, which is approximately 168 feet from a child development center in the 700 block of S Ranchwood.
Because of previous felony convictions, Ross faces four years to life in prison if convicted on count one and three years to life on count two.
Ross was convicted in January 2000 of first-degree rape and forcible oral sodomy in Oklahoma County District Court.
He also was convicted in January 2009 for failure to comply with the sex offender registration act in Oklahoma County and in October 2020 with failure to register as a sex offender in Canadian County.
Ross spent two separate stints in prison during 2009-11 and 2017-19 but has been on probation for more than three years, Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ records show.
THEY MUST REGISTER
The Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act of 1989 requires convicted sex offenders to register in person “with the local law enforcement authority having jurisdiction in the area where the person resides or intends to reside … within three days after entering the jurisdiction of law enforcement authority.”
State law also makes it unlawful for registered sex offenders to reside “either temporarily or permanently” with a 2,000-foot radius of any public or private school site, educational institution, playground, park, licensed childcare center, or family childcare home.