Press release: Sex offender sentenced to prison

Freedom Newspapers

A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office.

Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said.

Gates pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a minor in April 2005 and was placed on five years probation, the release said.

Gates failed to register as a sex offender and fled the state, the release said. He was located in Wichita Falls, Texas, in June after his story aired on the national television show “America’s Most Wanted,” the release said.

The show caught the attention of a Texas rancher who had recently hired Gates as a laborer.

Gates was arrested several times for failure to comply to conditions and for failure to register as a sex offender, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He had been a fugitive since May 2, 2005, according to sheriff’s office officials.