Sex offender posing as student lived on campus, caught by U.S. Marshals
STILLWATER, Okla. – Officials at OSU are looking into how an unregistered sex offender managed to hide out on campus in student housing.
The suspect was living in a co-ed housing unit on campus when he was captured earlier this month.
The U.S. Marshals say because he’s only 24-years-old, he was able to blend in and even told a few people he was a student.
AJ Soucy is a student who lives near where the suspect was found.
He said the apartments are “a pretty laid back living style.”
The suspect, 24-year-old Christopher Deraleau, was living in Davis Hall, one of the residence halls on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
Kelcey Martin, who also lives on campus, said, “It’s really more of a grown up community than other parts of campus.”
The convicted sex offender was wanted in Maypearl, Texas for failing to register.
Officials in Texas heard he was living in Stillwater and contacted the U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma.
The marshals found him and took him into custody that same day.
Chuck McNeil, with the U.S. Marshals, said, “We do believe he was intentionally trying to avoid prosecution in Texas and come up here and hide out.”
McNeil says the suspect was living with his girlfriend, posing as an OSU student.
OSU officials wouldn’t go on camera but sent us a statement saying, “All of our students living on campus are allowed to have guests in their rooms.”
It continued saying, “Cohabitation or extended stay of guests is prohibited and students should report these types of arrangements to the Office of Residential Life or their residential assistant (RA).”
The U.S. Marshals believe Deraleau had been in Stillwater for some time.
McNeil said, “All indications are he’s been there since the school season started in August.”
Soucy said, “It’s surprising because one of the things I love about this campus is it’s a safe campus.”
Students who live in the housing area say Deraleau likely slipped by undetected because he’s the same age as many of those who live in the apartments including Davis Hall.
Soucy said, “It’s such a safe campus, most of the time, you can see something falling through the cracks like that but it’s not something we’re going to stand for.”
At this time, no charges have been filed against the student who was allowing Deraleau to stay in her apartment.
However, officials have not ruled charges out.