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Absconded sex offender sought
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This more recent photo shows Bell when he was booked into the Barton County Jail in September, 2017. He is an absconded sex offender, and law enforcement is seeking information about him through Crime Stoppers. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Rickie A. Bell is a registered sex offender, and was convicted of Second Degree Sexual Assault out of Wisconsin. On Monday, April 30, Bell was the subject of a Crime Stoppers report from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person. Additional information has been obtained.
He was released from the Kansas Department of Corrections on March 10, 2017. At that time, he reported the address on file with the Barton County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Department, a registered offender has three days to report any change so once he got released from prison, he should have come to register in Barton County, but failed to do so.
He was arrested in Barton County on Sept. 20, 2017 for no driver’s license, an illegal tag and no insurance. An updated mugshot was taken at that time. He was released on Sept. 22, 2017.
Law enforcement is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Bell. He is described as a white male, 53 years of age, 5’11” and 175 lbs., with gray hair and hazel eyes.
The public is asked to contact crime stoppers with information about Bell or any other crime. The phone number is 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Crime stoppers doesn’t want your name, just your information.