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Sex offender wanted for failure to register

A sex offender with a history of not registering with authorities is wanted on a felony warrant again.

 Eric Paul Alger, 24, was convicted of indecent liberties in Spokane County in 2005.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to his arrest after he failed to register as required.

He has at least three past convictions for failing to register, including convictions in 2009 and 2010 when he was sent to prison.

Alger was named a Crime Stoppers fugitive for failing to register as a sex offender within two months of being released on April 19, 2010. He was sentenced in August 2010 to 20 months in prison.

A new, $25,000 warrant was issued July 31 after Alger again failed to register. He's required to check in with authorities weekly because he is a transient.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or submit tips online here. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Jury: Man groped Moody bible student

A man who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Moody Bible Institute student at Mission Park in March has been convicted of a sex offense.

A Spokane County jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Tuesday before convicting John L. Sanders of indecent liberties.

Sanders faces five years to life in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 11, said Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Johnson. Intern Amanda Tufts served as co-counsel with Johnson.

Sanders, 41, will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Sanders, who was represented by public defender John Whaley, was arrested March 16 after a bible school student told police she'd walked to the park to relieve stress and saw someone trying to get her attention. She was not wearing glasses and “assumed it was someone from her acting class or her church,” according to court documents.

When she realized she didn't know the man, the woman said “she felt she might have an opportunity to minister” to him, according to documents.

Sanders then touched her breast and asked her to smoke marijuana with him, she told police. The woman tried to leave, but Sanders kissed her on the lips, grabbed her and made inappropriate comments and noises.

Two female officers arrested Sanders and say he repeatedly made kissing sounds at them and asked them have sex with him.

Police say Sanders was arrested for a similar incident in downtown Spokane in August 2011 for which he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault. Sanders also has three convictions for second-degree theft.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor presided over Sanders' trial this week.

Godly chance leads to sex offense arrest

A Moody Bible Institute student who hoped to teach a man she met in Mission Park about God was instead groped and asked to smoke marijuana, according to Spokane police.

Officers say 40-year-old John L. Sanders continued acting inappropriately after his arrest by repeatedly asking two female Spokane police officers to have sex with him.

Sanders told the officers he hoped they would strip search him and repeatedly made kissing sounds at them, according to court documents.

The officers had arrested Sanders on a warrant March 16 after the bible school student told them she'd walked to the park to relieve stress and saw someone trying to get her attention. She was not wearing glasses and “assumed it was someone from her acting class or her church,” according to court documents.

When she realized she didn't know the man, the woman said “she felt she might have an opportunity to minister” to him, according to documents.

The man then touched her breast and asked her to smoke marijuana with him, she told police. The woman tried to leave, but the man kissed her on the lips, grabbed her and made inappropriate comments and noises.

Officers responded to the park and arrested Sanders on the unrelated warrant.

A detective assigned to follow up realized Sanders was arrested for a similar incident in downtown Spokane on Aug. 22. Sanders pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and was credited for 51 days served in jail.

The victim identified Sanders from a photo montage on Wednesday, and he was booked into jail on a felony charge of indecent liberties.

Reward for tips on fugitive sex offender

A sex offender already on probation for failing to register is wanted by authorities for failing to check in weekly as required.

 James Richard Gilmore, 22, was convicted of indecent liberties in Spokane County in 2005.

He was sentenced in March to a year of probation and nine days in jail with credit for nine served for failing to register as a sex offender, but a $15,000 arrest warrant was issued July 28, again for failure to register.

Gilmore is a transient, which means he's required to check in with authorities every week. He's a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

Crime Stoppers offered a reward Thursday for tips that lead to his arrest.

Gilmore, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds last gave a home address in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue South in Tacoma, according to Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tips sought on unregistered sex offender

UPDATE: Morton was arrested on April 22.

A Spokane sex offender is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to register. 

 Damon Sean Morton, 20, was convicted of indecent liberties with force in Spokane County in 2006.

He was registered at an address on South Murphy Road in Cheney but moved out in February without notifying authorities.

A $25,000 warrant for failing to register as a sex offender was issued April 12.

Morton is 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest him.  Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Sex fugitive since ‘83 arrested in Nevada

A fugitive wanted in Spokane since 1983 has been arrested at the University of Nevada Reno. 

The Marshals Service says marshals and UNR police arrested 59-year-old Steven M. James on Tuesday as he arrived for class.

He was booked into the Washoe County Jail, awaiting extradition to Washington.

James, also known as Steven Mell, is accused of violating probation on a conviction for attempted indecent liberties with a child.

Tips sought on 3 fugitive sex offenders

UPDATE 3/14: Rice and Gilmore are in custody.

A sex offender living as a transient in Spokane County now has a warrant out for his arrest.

David Wayne Rice, 21, (left) is accused of not registering as a sex offender as his child rape and child molestation convictions require.

Rice recently registered as a transient; the sheriff's office announced that registration last week without knowing of the $50,000 warrant, Sgt. Dave Reagan said. Rice, a level 3 sex offender, was convicted in Grant County in 2005. He also has a previous conviction for failure to register.

Two other Spokane County sex offenders are wanted for failure to register.

James Richard Gilmore, 22, (right) was convicted of indecent liberties in Spokane County in 2005.

Gilmore, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, last gave a home address in the 100 block of East Main in Spokane. A $25,000 arrest warrant was issued on March 9. Gilmore is a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

 Level 1 sex offender Jody Michael Thomas, 40, (left) has an out-of-state sex crime conviction from 1988.

Thomas, 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds, last gave home address in the 9500 block of East Eighth in Spokane Valley.

A $25,000 warrant was issued in Spokane County March 10 for failure to register.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Rice, Gilmore or Thomas.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Sex offender suspected in new assault

A Spokane man on probation for sexually assaulting a woman in a church basement last year is back in jail on a new assault charge. 

Michael J. Bosch, 48, (pictured) appeared in Superior Court this week, accused of trying to sexually assault a man at a home on North Crestline Street on Dec. 29.

Bosch was to pay the man $10 to have a beer and $200 to “spend the entire night with him,” but the man became uncomfortable when Bosch began smoking crack cocaine, according to court documents. Bosch allegedly attacked the man as he tried to leave. The man hit him with a hammer to escape.

Bosch told police he was going to pay the man for sex but wasn't sure if he was a male or female.

“The defendant said he gave the person $10 to pull up her shirt in the main floor bathroom,” police wrote. “The person pulled up her shirt and had two bras on.”

But Bosch said he didn't see breasts and asked for his $10 back when the person refused to pull down his pants, which led to the alleged victim punching him, Bosch told police.

Bosch remains jailed on unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault charges.

He's a sex offender with a previous conviction for indecent liberties for an incident at Mending Fences Ministry last February.

Bosch was convicted in July and credited for 186 days served in jail and given 12 months of probation. He isn't allowed to leave jail now because he allegedly violated probation.

2 sex offenders register as transients

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend will be living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Jesus Lopez, 37, (right) was released from prison in 2005 after being convicted of first-degree rape in Grant County in 1994. His victim was a 27-year-old female who was not a stranger.

Keith Noel Vervair, 42, (left) was convicted of indecent liberties involving a 23-year-old woman 1994, and luring a child, a 15-year-old girl, according to news archives. 

Vervair’s extensive criminal record includes convictions for drugs, assault, trespassing and violating a no contact order.

Lopez and Vervair are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by law enforcement, but authorities want the public to be aware of their presence.

2 sex offenders register in Spokane Co.

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend have registered in Spokane County.

Jesus Lopez, 35, (right) is living in the 12000 block of E. Marietta in Spokane Valley.

He was released from prison in 2005 after being convicted of first-degree rape in Grant County in 1994, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

His victim was a 27-year-old female who was not a stranger, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Christopher Lee Godwin, 29, (left) is living as a transient in Spokane County.

He was released from prison in September 2009 after serving 18 months for an indecent liberties conviction in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office said. His victim was a 14-year-old female stranger whom he sexually assaulted after persuading her to visit his motel room, police said.

Godwin is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Lopez and Godwin are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by law enforcement, but authorities want the public to be aware of their presence.

Sex offender gets 8 years in 2nd rape case

A man cleared of rape charges in 2008 after a Spokane County jury couldn’t reach a verdict was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for a string of sexual assaults last year.

Justin L. Dehn, 23, was arrested last August after three women said Dehn assaulted them at a home in the 6700 block of N. Standard after they returned from a party.

One woman told police she awoke to Dehn raping her on Aug. 2; two others said he’d groped them, according to a probable cause affidavit. One victim’s boyfriend was sleeping next to the bed and called 911 when he awoke to her screaming that she’d been raped, according to the affidavit.

Dehn pleaded guilty in June to two counts of third-degree assault and one count of indecent liberties. He was originally charged with second-degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties.

Dehn was charged in June 2008 with second-degree rape for an incident a woman said happened in December 2006. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict after a two-day trial in March 2009, and prosecutors dropped the charge the next month.

Now Dehn will register as a sex offender for life after he’s released from prison for his recent convictions.

The sentencing recommendation approved in Superior Court on Tuesday gave him 84 months in prison, with credit for time served in jail.

Sex offender wanted for failing to register

A sex offender who has been arrested twice since January for failing to register with authorities is wanted by police again.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Tyrone L. Gardipee, 25, who is charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

Gardipee was convicted in 1999 of indecent liberties with a 7-year-old girl in Spokane County. He was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2005, then arrested in January for not checking in, then arrested again in April.

Gardipee was released from custody April 30 but never checked in with authorities as required. Detectives say he’s been in and out of jail in Washington and Montana since January 2006.

He was first arrested when he was 9 years old, according to Crime Stoppers, and has previous convictions for hit and run and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Gardipee is considered to be a gang member, which means the reward for tips on his location is larger than usual.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

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