Transient charged with failing to register as sex offender
October 23, 2022
A man, who described himself as homeless but with a mailing address in Waynoka, is now facing charges in Woods County District Court. On Oct. 18, Shannon Dewayne Campbell, 46, was charged with two felony counts: failure to comply with sex offender registration and providing false or misleading registration information. Each of these charges is punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine up to $5,000 or both fine and imprisonment.
Campbell is also charged with breaking and entering a dwelling without permission, a misdemeanor. This crime is punishable by a fine up to $500 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
According to court records, on Jan. 10, 2007, Campbell was convicted in Washington County, Oklahoma, of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. As a result of his sentence, Campbell is required to register his address as a sex offender with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Sex and Violent Offender Registration Unit for the rest of his life.
On Sept. 20, 2022, Campbell was booked and jailed at the Woods County Sheriff’s Office for failure to comply with sex offender registration act. He posted bond and was released from custody. At that time, he did not register as a sex offender or update his address.
On Sept. 27, Campbell was brought to the Woods County Sheriff’s Office by the Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Office after he was found walking in their county and trying to get to the Waynoka area. Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale told Campbell he was still unregistered and gave him the opportunity to register in lieu of being arrested again. Dale sat with him and discussed the sex offender registration statutes while he completed the paperwork. Campbell registered as homeless making him a transient; however he listed an address on Elm Street in Waynoka as his mailing address.
According to rule 27 of the registration packet, a transient must report to the nearest local law enforcement authority every seven days and provide the approximate location of where he is staying and plans to stay.
The affidavit in the case states the Woods County Sheriff’s Office has not seen nor heard from Campbell since Sept. 29 when he was released from custody on unrelated charges.
Shortly after Campbell was released, Woods County Deputy Chase Jones received information from a tenant at the Elm Street address in Waynoka that Campbell was previously trespassed from the residence and was not allowed to be there or to reside there. Jones was able to confirm a no trespassing order issued on March 17.
A warrant has been issued for Campbell’s arrest.
Breaking and Entering
In the misdemeanor charge, court records show on Sept. 27 about 7:50 p.m. Alva Police Officer Andrew McVicker was called to the Aspen Apartments, 602 Hart, for a burglary report. He met with Garrett Dehaas and Hagen Barcello who are tenants of the apartment involved. Dehaas said when he came home, he found an unknown man lying on his couch in the living room. He noted that he smelled what he believed to be cigarette smoke. Dehaas asked the man to leave, and he did. The man went outside and started smoking a cigarette.
Present outside with the man were Dehaas, Barcello, Madison McMahan, Diego Mendoza, Matthew Reeves and Larkyn Wright. The individuals outside that interacted with the man described him as having a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic or Latino, bald, approximately five feet, six inches tall, not wearing a shirt, with tattoos on his arms, chest and upper back. Wright said she had seen the man previously sitting on the steps leading up to the apartment where the incident occurred. The man left when he was informed the police had been called.
While searching the area, McVicker observed a man matching the description sitting on the east retaining wall at Jiffy Trip Convenience Store, 710 College Blvd. He made contact with the man who identified himself at Shannon Campbell. The man denied being in the Aspen Apartment at any point. He was detained and placed in McVicker’s patrol car.
McVicker drove the man to the Aspen Apartments and stayed with him while Sergeant Sean Farris had DeHaas come and visually verify that Campbell was the man that broke into the apartment. Barcello, Reeves and Wright also came outside to verify that Campbell was the man they interacted with outside the apartment.
Farris brought out a shirt that had been left in the apartment and asked Campbell if it belonged to him. Campbell said it was his shirt and claimed the shirt had been left by him the previous day when he was working in the apartment.
Farris told McVicker that earlier on Sept. 27, he had been flagged down by Reeves about an unknown man matching Campbell’s description sitting on the front steps of the door that leads to four of the Aspen Apartments. Reeves said the man had been sitting outside of the door to the apartments most of the day. When Sgt. Farris investigated, he found no one sitting outside of the apartments.