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Warrants issued for failure to register

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 29 for a Sallisaw man accused of failing to register as a sex offender, court records show.

Joe Soriano III, 54, could face up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 if he is convicted.

On Dec. 21, a Sallisaw police lieutenant was told to call and speak with a U.S. marshal. The marshal, who is also the district sex offender coordinator for the marshals' office, advised the lieutenant that he was going to be at an apartment at Sallisaw's Gardenwalk on Ruth Street to serve a warrant.

The subject of the warrant, Soriano, was a registered sex offender who had not registered since 2017 in Colorado. Records show that he had been convicted of third-degree sexual misconduct in Colorado.

The marshal advised the lieutenant that Soriano was known to be staying with his sister at the Gardenwalk Apartments, where sex offenders are not allowed to live.

The team discovered Soriano in an apartment leased to his sister. She stated that her brother had been there since he last got out of jail, which was Dec. 26. His sister was informed that Soriano was not allowed to stay at the apartment complex because it is less than 850 feet from school property.

A second arrest warrant was filed Dec. 29, in a separate case, for a Sallisaw woman who failed to register as a sex.

Misty Dawn Arnold, 41, could face up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

On Nov. 27, a Sallisaw police lieutenant was contacted by a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy about a sex offender. The deputy said the offender, Arnold, had been living in Sallisaw city limits for some time and was not living at her registered address in Roland.

On Nov. 29, Arnold came to the Sallisaw Police Department for an interview. When asked where she wanted to register, she provided a Sallisaw address where she stated she had been living since August.

Arnold was then informed that because of her status as a sex offender and the fact that there are two apartment complexes near that location that receive government funding and have playgrounds that are accessible to the public, she would have to find a new place to live.

Records show that Arnold has been a registered sex offender since 2011 and that she had another charge of failing to register as a sex offender in Sequoyah County in 2014.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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