Riley pleads to failing to register as a sex offender


A Taft man arrested in Pennsylvania last summer after being on the run for failing to register as a sex offender has taken a plea bargain.

Roger Lee Riley, 52, entered a plea of no contest to failing to register annually as a sex offender and leaving the jurisdiction he was registered in without notifying law enforcement.

Three other charges, including two felonies, were dropped.

Terms of the plea agreement were not announced.
Riley is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 3.

He is being held in the Kern County Sheriff’s Lerdo medium-maximum security facility on $500,000.

Riley walked out of a court hearing in November of 2008 and disappeared.
He was tracked down in Oil City, Pennsylvania by Deputy Robert Kruse, who works out of the Taft substation, and recaptured before being extradited to California.

Riley was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor in the 1980s, deputies said.