The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

November 1, 2013

Convicted rapist fails to register as sex offender

PRYOR, OK — Steve Christmas, Vinita, appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Christmas moved from Vinita to Pryor. He had three days to register by law. Pryor Police Officers offered to drive to the defendant’s residence to assist him in filling out the necessary paperwork. According to court records, Christmas neither answered his phone or came to fill the paperwork out himself.

Judge Rebecca Gore asked Christmas if he could read and write the English language and if he had read and understood his charges. Christmas said he is legally blind, so his charges were read aloud. Christmas was told that failing to register as a sex offender can carry up to five years in the Department of Corrections.

The case was set for hearing Dec. 5 and bond was set at $25,000.

Christmas asked Gore why his bond was set so high. Gore said failure to register means he is not keeping in touch with the proper authorities, which makes him a flight risk.

The original felony charge was filed against Christmas in 1991 in Tulsa County. In that case, Christmas was charged with 10 counts of first degree rape for which bond was set at $100,000 per count.

Being found guilty in November of 1991, Christmas was sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections. By December of that year, Christmas had filed a motion to withdraw his plea and two attornies had withdrawn from his case.

In February, a bench warrant was issued for failure to pay fines and court costs. No release date was listed in the online court records.

 

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