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2:39 AM Wed, Sept. 19th

Officers arrest sex offender for failure to notify

Prescott police's SWAT Team and Special Enforcement Squad arrested a 50-year-old sex offender Thursday after finding out he failed to comply with state law.

Officers say they received information that Douglas J. Wright, a registered sex offender, had moved out of his residence and did not notify law enforcement of his current address within 72 hours, as state law requires.

Police booked Wright into Yavapai County Jail, where he is detained without bond pending his initial court appearance on suspicion offailing to notify law enforcement of his address change, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prescott police officer Lt. Andy Reinhardt said officers routinely track those who are required to register as sex offenders to make sure they are complying with state regulations. Officers say Wright has an extensive and violent history, so the SWAT Team assisted the Special Enforcement Squad in serving a warrant at Wright's residence in the 1400 block of Oregon Avenue Thursday.

Wright was not at home when the officers arrived, but evidence seized at the residence confirmed he lived there.

Officers later found and arrested Wright at a job site in Prescott where he had a contract to work.