Authorities Expect One of their Most Wanted Sex Offenders to Turn Himself In - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/16/05

Authorities Expect One of their Most Wanted Sex Offenders to Turn Himself In

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Authorities are now waiting for one of their most wanted sex offenders to turn himself in. NewsChannel 11 learned Walter Lee Buchanan has contacted Arizona DPS officials and is expected to turn himself in.

Buchanan is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. Arizona DPS issued the warrant, but his last known address is in Lubbock. Buchanan's father spoke with NewsChannel 11 Tuesday, and confirms his son was in Lubbock.

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Walter Buchanan, Senior says his son stayed at the Southeast Lubbock home until the weekend of August 14th. Buchanan Senior said his son left for Arizona when he learned he was wanted for failing to register. Neighbors say it was a shock to hear that a non-registered offender was living in their neighborhood. According to the Arizona registry, Buchanan's offenses are rape and molestation of a child and lewd acts with a child.

One mother tells NewsChannel 11 she recently moved into the area and checks DPS's sex offender registry online to see who's around her and her child. She finds it frustrating when offenders don't register.

Stephanie Roberts said, "We go on the websites we keep track so that if we go to the park we know who's there and it's nice to know who's in the area and who your walking next to."

Buchanan's father declined an interview, but he denies any wrongdoing by his son.

Buchanan is expected to turn himself into Arizona authorities.

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