Rape suspect has prior child sex crimes arrest; why he wasn't a registered sex offender

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VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (KAKE) -

Right now there are nearly 3,000 registered offenders in Sedgwick County, over half of them are sex offenders. Steven Walters is not included in that category and we uncovered why.

This is not Steven Walters' first brush with sex offense charges.

Back in 2013, court documents accused him in a six-count indictment of the rape and criminal sodomy of an 8-year-old girl and and sodomy involving a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old.  But the conviction was for something far less.

"Either it goes to trial and they get found guilty, they get acquitted, or they make some sort of plea deal," says Dan Oliver, Sedgwick County Sheriffs Office.

The documents say Walters took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated battery and two counts of criminal restraint. He was sentenced to two years of intensive probation with an underlying 58-month prison term. He also had to register as a violent offender.

This time in the Valley Center case, he's booked on aggravated indecent liberties with a child and rape of a child under the age of 14. 

If convicted he would have to register as a sex offender,  but the case still has a long ways to go.

There are three categories of offenders: sex offenders, drug offenders, and violent offenders.

If you want to know who's living in your neighborhood, head to kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender

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