Yukon sex offender charged for drugs in jail

Defendant faces life in prison due to previous felony convictions

Robert Lowell Sandeen

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A convicted Yukon sex offender is now facing up to life in prison after being charged with carrying drugs into the Canadian County Jail.

Yukon’s Robert Lowell Sandeen, 40, was charged Jan. 24 in Canadian County District Court with bringing contraband into jail/penal institution.

Assistant District Attorney Walter Mengden alleges Sandeen on Jan. 13 possessed “an item of contraband, specifically marijuana, without authority to do so,” according to the felony charge.

Canadian County sheriff’s deputies allegedly found the dope after Sandeen was booked into the county’s detention center, 304 N Evans. The defendant previously was convicted in a 2016 misdemeanor case for driving with a suspended/revoked license and domestic assault and battery. He was sentenced Jan. 26 to serve one year in the county jail concurrent with a separate Oklahoma County criminal case.

A preliminary hearing conference for Sandeen on the new jail contraband charge is set March 1 before Canadian County Special Judge David Halley.

The felony charge is punishable by one to five years in state prison and/or a $100-$1,000 fine.



However, Sandeen faces three years to life in prison because of three previous felony convictions in Oklahoma County – sexual abuse of a child and possession of firearm after former felony conviction (in August 2017) and driving under the influence of alcohol (in October 2010).

The Yukon felon also has August 2010 felony convictions for using an offensive weapon in a felony, reckless conduct with a firearm, cultivation of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property, state Department of Corrections’ records show.

Last fall, the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office installed a new full-body scanner in the jail’s receiving area to help stop inmates from bringing drugs, weapons, explosives, and other contraband into the county lock-up.