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Tahlequah Woman Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Denise Sue Watie, aka Denise Sue Karrant, age 44, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma pled guilty to Failure To Register As Sex Offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2250(a)(1), 2250(a)(2)(B) and 2250(a)(3), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both. 
The Indictment alleged that from in or about June 2017, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, until on or about December 19, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, Denise Sue Watie, a/k/a Denise Sue Karrant, an individual required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, after having received a felony conviction from the State of Oklahoma, in Tulsa County, on or about January 24, 2005, for Sexually Abusing a Minor Child, traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failed to register and update her registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. 

The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Marshals Service. 

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. 

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Updated April 25, 2018

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