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July 24, 2013

Warrant issued for at-large sex offender

JACKSONVILLE — Cherokee County District Attorney Rachel Patton confirmed Tuesday a warrant has been issued for the capture of a previously convicted registered sex offender who recently was indicted in Cherokee County on four second-degree charges of sexual molestation of a child under the age of 17.

Cody Alan Whiteley, 27,  is thought to be in Brazoria County, although his last listed address is in Jacksonville. He is expected to be transported back to Cherokee County as soon as officials can find and transport him, reports show.

“We just issued the warrant to get him back,” Patton explained Tuesday morning. “The allegations here were that he inappropriately touched people under the age of 17 in February.”

The victim in Whiteley's previous (non-Cherokee County) crime was 13 years old, according to reports.

During a Cherokee County grand jury panel held in May, Whiteley was indicted on four counts of indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony punishable by as many as 20 years in prison. The offenses are alleged to have taken place in February.

Whiteley was convicted of his  previous, similar crime – “in a completely different case,” the Cherokee County district attorney clarified – out of Freeport in Brazoria County.

In August 2006, a Brazoria County judge ordered Whiteley to register as a sex offender as a consequence of that previous first-degree offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

He also was placed on seven years probation at that time, court records show.

The current, Cherokee County charge constitutes a second degree felony, punishable by as much time as 20 years in prison.

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