Rig’s up for wanted sex offender

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PARIS – A wanted sex offender turned himself in to the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Stephen Heath, 50, of Roxbury was booked at the Oxford County Jail at 3 p.m., and he pleaded not guilty to two charges of failure to register as a sex offender and one charge of violating bail conditions in 11th District Court on Thursday.

Heath was wanted on two warrants for failure to register as a sex offender. He moved to Maine from Oregon and never registered here, Lt. Hart Daley of the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was arrested Oct. 3 in Kittery for failing to register, released, but still didn’t send in the paperwork. York County issued a warrant. Oxford County also recently issued a warrant after learning he had moved to Roxbury.

The Sun Journal published a story Tuesday that Heath, along with another unregistered sex offender, was wanted. Daley said he received more than 20 calls concerning Heath that day. The article must have reached Heath too, Daley said, because he called from New Jersey and said he was going to turn himself in.

Heath was convicted in April 25, 1990, of Class A sodomy in Lane County, Oregon, Daley said previously. He served 37 months in prison.

He told Oregon officials he was moving to Maine, but never registered with Maine officials, Daley said.

Heath works as a driver for TRL Trucking. As his 18-wheeler took up a whole row of parking spaces in the courthouse’s lower lot Thursday, a judge set his bail at $5,000 real estate. By 6 p.m. he was bailed, jail officials said.

If Heath doesn’t register again, Daley said the next charge will be a felony.

“We did provide him with all the verification, and gave him explicit instructions to have it in in five days,” Daley said.

Police are still looking for at-large sex offenders Daniel Snyder, 40, possibly of Buckfield, and Nicholas Daniel Morin, 28, last seen running away from police in West Paris. Anyone who has seen these individuals may contact Daley at 743-9554 option 3.

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