Convicted felon pleads guilty to criminal trespass
By Linda Bentley | July 22, 2009
‘This is precisely the reason solicitors are required to obtain a license’
CAVE CREEK – On July 17, Curtis Lee Wyatt, a convicted felon, pled guilty in Cave Creek Municipal Court to one count of criminal trespass, a class 1 misdemeanor.
As part of the plea agreement, Judge George Preston dismissed the town code violation for soliciting without a license.
Wyatt was apparently knocking on doors seeking work washing windows or something of that nature until a resident found his behavior odd and called 911.
Preston sentenced Wyatt to three years probation along with a $500 fine, $20 in court costs and his jail booking costs, even though he was released on his own recognizance.
Wyatt was also directed not to have any contact with the victim or go near the victim’s address in Canyon Ridge Estates.
Wyatt was sentenced in 1999 to three years and six months in the Arizona Department of Corrections for armed robbery and attempt to commit armed robbery, a class 3 felony committed in 1997.
He was also sentenced to one year and six months for a class 4 felony narcotic drug violation in 1998 and to two years and six months for another narcotic drug violation in 1999, both of which were served concurrently with his armed robbery sentence.
Wyatt was released from prison six months early in June 2002.
While accepting his plea, Preston, reviewing Wyatt’s record said, “You apparently need to register as a sex offender,” and asked, “Have you done that yet?”
Wyatt responded, “Yes, sir.”
No sex offense convictions could be found for Wyatt, at least not in Arizona, except while he was in prison where he was cited for “Any Sex Act/Stalking,” considered a major violation.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the agency charged with maintaining the sex offender registry, warns that its sex offender information website does not contain information pertaining to all sex offenders, only those with risk assessment scores of Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (High).
Cave Creek Town Marshal Adam Stein said, “This is precisely the reason solicitors are required to obtain a license. If he had applied for a license at town hall he would have been turned down.”