Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued Feb. 1 for a Sallisaw man charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
Eric Hayes Morgan, 52, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted. His bond was set at $7,500.
According to a report from a Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office investigator, a Nov. 2021 letter from the State of Oklahoma showed that Morgan had filed paperwork indicating he would be living in Sallisaw, but he had never registered as a sex offender with Sequoyah County.
State law requires that all registered sex offenders in the state of Oklahoma verify their addresses every 90 days. The Department of Corrections’ Sex and Violent Offender Registration Unit begins the address verification process by mailing a non-forwardable form to the offender’s last known address. That form must be returned, in person, to their local law enforcement agency within 10 days. Local law enforcement officers are then required to forward the signed verification to the DOC within three days.
Violation of any part of the state’s Sex and Violent Offender Act is a felony.
The report shows that a SCSO deputy tried three times to contact Morgan at his reported residence, which is also his stepfather’s home, but the man was never there.
In 2000, Morgan was convicted in a Sebastian County (Ark.) court of sexual battery of a person over 16, records show. Those records also reveal Morgan was also convicted of a felony drug charge in Sequoyah County. He was also found guilty in Woodward County, Okla., of second-degree burglary in 2014 and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction in the same county in 2015.
Laura Brown, Staff Writer
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