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Convicted Sex Offender on the Lam

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Stephen Rootes
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A 31 year old LaPorte man is wanted for failing to comply with sex offender registration rules. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Stephen M. Rootes moved from a home in the 11-hundred block of Farrand Avenue in late October and did not notify authorities and now faces a felony failing to register as a sex offender charge. The Sheriff's Office says he is suppose to register his whereabouts through June 2021, after he was convicted of felony sexual misconduct in 2007 and again in 2011, in a separate incident. Authorities believe Rootes, described as a white male, 5'9”, weighing 145 pounds and missing his upper front teeth, maybe in the Mishawaka area and St. Joseph County. Anyone with information is asked to contact Major John Boyd at the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2406.


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