By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
LAHOMA, Okla. —
A warrant was issued Thursday for a Lahoma man who failed to register as a sex offender as required by law.
Jeremiah Len Meade, 27, was charged this week with a felony count of failure to register as a sex offender, which is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
Meade was convicted June 6, 2007, in Lincoln County of a charge of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, requiring him to adhere to sex offender registry rules.
Online court records show the warrant for Meade’s arrest has bond for the offense set at $3,000.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Lahoma Police Chief Loyd Cross spoke to Meade on April 2 at 208 Wynona in Lahoma, about his duties to register as a sex offender.
Meade had picked up paperwork March 27 from the department and Cross went to Meade’s residence the next day to pick up the forms.
Meade told Cross March 28 he had been in the area since March 5, and Cross told him he already was in violation of the registration act, since he failed to notify Lahoma Police Department within three business days. Meade told Cross he did not know this to be true, according to the affidavit.
Cross also told Meade the residence he registered would have to be temporary because it was too close to Lahoma Public Schools, according to the affidavit. Cross told Meade he would have to move as soon as possible. Meade and the homeowner he was living with both said they were in the process of finding other living arrangements. They said they should have a resolution by the coming weekend and would keep Lahoma Police Department informed about the situation.
Cross received a letter June 16 from Department of Corrections sex offender registration office requesting assistance in verifying Meade’s address.
Cross noted in the affidavit Meade no longer lived at the address on Wynona and would be moving to the Ringwood area, in Major County, and failed to change his address with LPD.
Cross notified Major County Sheriff Steve Randolph and inquired if Meade had made contact with the sheriff’s office there. Randolph said he had heard Meade moved to the area, but he had not come into the sheriff’s office to register as a sex offender, according to the affidavit.