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Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) members arrested a Weatherford man for failing to register as a sex offender.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the man, identified as Lowry Dean Scarlett Sr, 60, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct, a fifth-degree, nonconsensual sexual contact in 2003, in Clearwater County, Minnesota, against a 10-year-old female victim. The charge is equivalent to a Texas felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Scarlett absconded to San Antonio, was later apprehended in Lockhart, Texas, and extradited back to Minnesota to serve eight months in jail, before returning to Texas sometime in late 2005.
Sheriff’s deputies were alerted last week by Texas Department of Public Safety and Minnesota authorities that Scarlett had not registered in Minnesota or Texas in more than five years and was possibly in the area. Once confirmed, a felony warrant was issued for Scarlett for failure to register as a sex offender. FAST members took Scarlett into custody Thursday evening at a residence in the 400 block of Timberwild, in Parker County.
While serving the warrant, investigators smelled burnt marijuana and observed a small amount of marijuana inside the residence. A larger bag of marijuana was found hidden in a dresser drawer and drug paraphernalia were also seized from the home as a result of a search.
State law requires sex offenders to register with local law enforcement annually and to notify the agency seven days prior to any move. Scarlett is currently on probation for driving while intoxicated. Sheriff Fowler said federal charges will be pursued due to Scarlett crossing state lines.
Scarlett was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and for possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $10,750. As of Monday afternoon, he remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail.