Sex Offender Search Leads To Pot Bust In Rogers County

Friday, October 29th 2010, 7:21 pm
By: News On 6 & Ashli Sims, News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -- Rogers County deputies looking for an unregistered sex offender discovered about 75 pot plants in a home just east of Claremore Friday afternoon.

Police arrested 3 people from the Rogers County home and took 2 small children.

"The guy that failed to register as a sex offender took off the back door. We were able to catch him," said Lieutenant Adam Hull, Rogers County Sheriffs Department. "Go into the resident to check and make sure that no one else was in the house. And the odor of the marijuana growing just about knocked us down."

Deputies found pipes, bags of drugs, and a check of the closets found two grow rooms. With racks of clothes all around, deputies found about 50 small plants.

And down the hall, they found two dozen larger plants about waist high.

Sheriff's deputies found 20 to 25 marijuana plants in a make-shift closet. Right around the corner is the children's room. When the deputies arrived, a three year old was sleeping.

"Yes, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Lieutenant Hull said. "Again the odor is just overwhelming. And both the kids have asthma, so a medical condition. And they're putting them through this."

On top of all of the marijuana, deputies also found several guns.

"It's just very disturbing that children would have to go through this and live in this kind of atmosphere," he said.

The children's mother, Christi Townsend, was led off in handcuffs. Her boyfriend and her father were also arrested.

Deputies said Bobby Moore is an unregistered sex offender.

News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims found he was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor in North Carloina in 1994.  And that state's sex offender registry labeled him a recidivist, so he might have been convicted of another sex crime before 1994.