Convicted rapist arrested for allegedly working as unlicensed bail bondsman

Courtesy: Oklahoma County Jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A convicted sex offender is arrested for allegedly working as a bail bondsman in Oklahoma City.

The bounty hunter is behind bars, accused of violating a new state law that requires all bail bondsmen to have a license.

The case all started when a bail bondsman spotted a wanted suspect and tried to stop him.

Kenneth Canaday had an outstanding warrant for domestic abuse.

As soon as the bondsman tried to corner the suspect, Canaday allegedly rammed the bondsman's car and sped away from the scene.

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Kenneth Canaday & Nicole King

Police were called and quickly arrested Canaday and a passenger, Nicole King.

In a twist, police also arrested James Henderson Jr. for allegedly violating Oklahoma's Bail Enforcement and Licensing Act.

"We need people in this industry to know, if you want to do this, you've got to get licensed," said Sen. Ralph Shortey.

After years of complaints against bounty hunters, Shortey helped create a new law making it mandatory for bounty to hunters to be licensed.

Police say Henderson works at Hound Dog Bail Bonds but is not a licensed bondsman.

"This is exactly why we wanted those laws in place," said Shortey.

Authorities say a second bondsman in the car with Henderson had an excuse for why Henderson had been on scene.

"He said he wasn't helping him, that it was a misunderstanding. He had just given him a ride to the office," said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Court records show Henderson is a convicted rapist with a history of crimes, including failing to comply with the sex offender registry, concealing stolen property and domestic abuse.

"This kind of situation where a bondsman is having a criminal do his work has got to stop immediately," said Shortey.

Henderson remains at the county jail since he was not able to post bond.

The other two suspects arrested in the case also remain in custody.

They're being held on charges of assault and drug possession.

Police say the pair also had seven packages of meth inside their car.

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