Registered Sex Offender Uses Son's Name To Avoid Capture In Rogers County
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - A Claremore man was shocked to find a warrant was issued for his arrest even though he never committed a crime.
Ruben Delany said he was surprised when he realized his own father had lied and used his name to avoid capture.
Delaney said when he heard about the warrant he immediately got ahold of the sheriff's office and their research showed it was his father who was the sex offender wanted for not registering.
"My father's name is Ruben Eugene Delany. I'm Ruben Ryan Delany, but at some point, he decided to use my name," Delany said.
The sheriff's office corrected the warrant immediately but still wanted to find the elder Delany.
Records show he was convicted of raping a child under 17 and is a level three offender, which means he must register every 90 days.
His son saw videos his father posted online from the country of Nepal, with a missionary group, around lots of kids and told investigators.
"I just wanted to help get him off the streets because if he's not going to follow the law, if he's gonna run, he needs to be back in jail where he belongs," Delany said.
U.S. Marshals got involved and he came back into the country and was taken into custody in Topeka.
Rogers County Sergeant Daniel Welch said they'll track down sex offenders no matter how far they run.
"You hope to God that one of these guys doesn't re-offend on your watch, which is why we make it a priority to get them and make sure they're in compliance," he said.
In Rogers County, out of more than 150 registered sex offenders there's only two they don't know where they are - and in those two cases, warrants have already been issued and they're looking for them.