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Sex offender faces charge for not registering in county

A 36-year-old sex offender from Arizona was arrested in Oak Harbor earlier this month for allegedly failing to register as a sex or kidnapping offender.

Dale Crosby, who has recently been living in Boulevard Park, Wash., was charged with the single felony count Oct. 11. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 19.

According to a report written by Oak Harbor Police Detective Jerry Baker, Crosby was arrested after a traffic stop in Oak Harbor Oct. 9. The 30-year-old woman in the car with Crosby was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana.

Crosby twice gave the arresting officer a false name, according to Baker. After lengthy questioning, the woman eventually told the police Crosby’s real name and said he was wanted in Arizona for failure to register as a sex offender. The woman said Crosby has been living in Washington for about eight months.

Crosby eventually told police that he had been in prison in Arizona for 12 years after being convicted of sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary.

Under state law, a person who has been convicted of a sex offense must register with the Sheriff’s Office in his or her county of residence within 30 days of moving in.

You can reach features editor Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611.

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