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November 7, 2012

Judge sets $40,000 bond in sex offender, pursuit case

EDMOND — A judge has set bond at $40,000 for a local man who violated the state’s sex offender registration law and fled from authorities, court records show.

On Oct. 10, Logan County prosecutors filed felony charges of violating the sex offenders registration act by abandonment of residence and by failing to register at a new address.

On Monday in Logan County District Court Joshua Jullian Walton, 32, of Edmond, appeared by video and was advised of his rights and the charges filed against him; he did not at that time enter a plea, according to court records. Bond was set at $20,000 for count one and $20,000 for count two. The case was put on the preliminary hearing docket for Dec. 20. A warrant was issued on Oct. 15 and returned on Nov. 5.

Friday morning, an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in Arcadia on Route 66 when he ran the license plate of a vehicle that came back as stolen out of Oklahoma City, police said. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed, police said. The vehicle pursuit lasted several minutes with the suspect driving at speeds greater than 120 mph.

The passenger, Kenneth Dale Watson, 32, was taken into custody immediately by a sheriff’s office K-9 deputy, police said. Initial criminal probable cause paperwork related to Watson has been filed in Oklahoma County District Court. He was arrested on  complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest, police said.

Police identified Walton as a person of interest in the case, and said he was wanted on Oklahoma County and Logan County warrants.

Back on Sept. 6, Walton went to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office to complete a change of address on his sex offender registration, according to court records. He stated he was moving from 13900 S. Sooner Road to a residence on Country Oaks Road in Edmond where he has lived in the past, police said.

After Sept. 6, Walton contacted police several times in an effort to try to move to Edmond or register as a transient, according to court records. Police told him he would have to arrange any out of county transfers through his probation and parole officer.

Walton was completing some weekend sanctions at the Logan County jail where he served jail time during weekends, according to court records. On Sept. 30, he left the jail and did not return to his registered address in Edmond, police said. He had not completed any change of address, and had not registered as a transient, police said.

On Oct. 15, an affidavit for issuance of an arrest warrant and an arrest warrant related to the sex offender registry violations were filed in Logan County District Court, according to court records. After the pursuit, Walton voluntarily turned himself in.

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