Enid man charged with failure to register as a sex offender

Michael Richard Caldwell

An Enid man was charged last week with failure to register as a sex offender and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Michael Richard Caldwell, 28, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, if convicted of the felony charge.

The charge accuses Caldwell of abandoning his last registered address without giving law enforcement three days prior notice. The charge noted Caldwell was convicted in Oregon in 2016 of third-degree sexual abuse.

Online court records show bond on the warrant issued for Caldwell's arrest is set at $3,000.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Caldwell registered as a sex offender with Enid Police Department April 19 and listed an address of 3130 S. Van Buren.

While registering, Caldwell was read the notice of duty to register form provided by Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which Caldwell signed stating he understood his duties, according to the affidavit. Caldwell also was provided with a copy of the document.

On April 13, Caldwell was sent a letter from DOC's Sex Offender Registration Unit to verify his address, according to the affidavit. Caldwell did not return the verification letter as required by law. EPD Detective Shawn Aebi was notified of the failure June 21 and began searching for Caldwell.

Aebi learned Caldwell had been hospitalized April 14, according to the affidavit. Aebi contacted Caldwell's father, who is listed as an emergency contact living in North Carolina.

Caldwell's father told the detective he and the family have not heard from Caldwell and do not know what happened to him or where he may have gone after being released from the hospital, according to the affidavit. On July 8, Aebi went to the listed address and found it was unoccupied.