By Frank Lewis
December 18, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
A longtime fugitive from justice in Scioto County has been arrested out west. Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall said Richard E. Colley, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody in Humboldt County, Nevada, over the weekend.
“He was in a stolen car,” Hall said. “He and a girl got picked up hitchhiking in a stolen car.”
Hall explained that the two had been hitchhiking, when they were picked up. It turned out the car that picked them up was stolen. Both face stolen car charges.
“The woman who was with him is a woman he has been living with for about a year-and-a-half under a fake name out there,” Hall said. “So when the police got him, he actually lied to them, and they confirmed his identity through fingerprints and found out who he really was.
In 2012, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office had entered Colley’s name in a sex offender registry for nationwide pick up. Hall said at the time the Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of Richard Colley of Lucasville, a registered sex offender out of Niagara Falls.
“He’s a problem child,” Hall said. “This (registering) is not hard to do, follow the rules and regulations, sex offender requirements.”
While it was not a difficult requirement, in July of 2012, Hall failed to do so.
“Communication is the key,” Hall said. “I tell them all that. You mess it up by not notifying me that you would like to move, not registering and not fulfilling the basic duties. It’s not hard to do.”
Hall was quick to add that most of the sex offenders locally check in with him as scheduled on a regular basis.
“I don’t have many that do that (fail to register),” Hall said. “But the ones that do just don’t get it sometimes.”
“We’ve issued a warrant for his arrest because he didn’t register,” Hall said. “He was supposed to register, and on July 30 I had to send him a letter, and do some verification processes with him, filing a warrant for him back in September, and since then the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office has been attempting to locate him. So now we have an active warrant for him for failure to register, a felony of the third degree.”
Colley was convicted on Sept. 28, 2010, of sexual abuse, a second degree felony, and sexual contact with a person less than 14-years-of-age. Hall said Colley’s last known address was Dever Branch Road in Lucasville.
“He will have to stand charges out there (Nevada), and then we have charges on him for failure to verify and failure to register, here in Ohio. It’s a felony of the fourth degree,” Hall said. “We’ll actually bring him back and probably uses some of the reimbursement from the Ohio Attorney General’s office for transportation of sex offenders.”
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, signed into law on July 27, 2006, was intended to provide a standard method of determining sex offender classifications, and to standardize sex offender requirements in every state. Ohio adopted that federal law and made the Act effective in the state on Jan. 1, 2008.
The Adam Walsh Act organizes sex offenders into three categories, or tiers, with different registration requirements based upon an offender’s criminal conviction(s). This law applies to adult offenders as well as juvenile offenders, all of whom are required to register with the sheriff of the county where they live, work and attend school. They also must register with the sheriff any time they change their place of residence.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or firstname.lastname@example.org.