Matthew Sebastian Dodgin
A Roland man was arrested May 15 and charged with failure to comply with sex offender registry, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
Matthew Sebastian Dodgin, 30, was convicted of first-degree rape in Sequoyah County in August 2012.
On April 21, 2020, Dodgin was arrested after the Roland Police Department learned of his whereabouts.
Dodgin’s listed address is at 104B Mondier Street in Roland, but he was arrested after Roland police learned he was actually living at 323B E. Dorcus St. in Roland after being told he was not allowed to live there because of its proximity to a city park.
A neighbor told police Dodgin had lived at the Dorcus Street address for about two months, which coincides with Dodgin’s recent marriage to Allison Knapp.
After Dodgin was released from jail from the April 21 arrest, he moved back to 104B Mondier St. and lived with his mother and she then moved to the Dorcus Street address.
On May 4, a Roland police officer spoke with the sex offender registration officer and asked if Dodgin had updated his contact information with her and told her of his new marital status. She said he had not done so.
During the week of May 4-9, the sex offender registration officer left Dodgin multiple voicemails requesting that he call her back. On May 12, Dodgin still hadn’t called back, so the officer tried calling him one more time and he answered. Shelby told Dodgin he needed to come in the next day between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. to update his paperwork and Dodgin said, “OK.”
When the sex offender registration officer left work at 2 p.m. that next day, Dodgin was a no-show and he was later found at his home and arrested him for failure to comply.
Knapp, Dodgin’s new wife, told officers that her husband’s attorney had urged Dodgin not to go to the RPD because the last time he did, he was arrested. Knapp also said the attorney had tried to contact the department by phone, but a look at phone records revealed that no calls had been received from the attorney.
Dodgin has been registering with the Town of Roland since March 2014 and had been working with the sex offender compliance officer since January 2016. Dodgin must register every 90 days.
His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, before Judge Kyle Waters.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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