Why wasn't wanted predator in state sex offender database?

Why wasn't wanted predator in state sex offender database?

EUGENE, Ore. - A man considered a dangerous sexual predator fled parole before law enforcement caught up with him Tuesday in Aurora.

Jeramy A. Ball, 36, may have visited Florence while his parole officer couldn't find him.

Lane County asked for the public's help finding Ball on Monday, labeling him predatory, sexually violent and dangerous.

Ball most recently raped a 46-year-old woman. He has convictions and crimes dating back to when he was 9.

But when KMTR NewsSource 16 searched the state sex offender registry, Ball didn't show up.

In Oregon, only those convicted sex offenders considered "predators" are posted in the online searchable database.

That's less than 5 percent of the estimated 23,000 registered sex offenders in Oregon.

But Ball fit the definition. Why wasn't he on the website?

Ball's last known address before he vanished was 338 Highway 99 North in Eugene. That's Sponsors, a non-profit that helps people after incarceration.
Executive director Paul Solomon said Ball was there for a relatively short time and compliant with rules - until he absconded from parole.

So where did he go?

Rose Sutton thinks he tried to check in at Le Chateau Inn in Florence on Saturday.

"I was really surprised when I saw his face because, you know, that's the first thing I saw and I was like oh my god that guy was here," she recalled of seeing Ball's face circulating on Facebook.

She said a man who looked like Ball tried to check in Saturday.

He showed her his ID - Jeramy Ball - and he filled out the inn's information.

When he tried to pay with a credit card, the card was rejected.

"He said he'd go over to Safeway and see if he could get a Western Union - get some money- and he'd be back," Sutton recalled.

He never came back.

A KMTR NewsSource 16 viewer claimed to have seen Ball at a thrift store in Florence on Monday afternoon. People there on Tuesday didn't recognize Ball.

And they didn't need to: Ball turned himself in at a truck stop in Aurora, where he waited until police arrived.

So why was a man described by parole and probation as a "dangerous, sexually violent offender" roaming Western Oregon without any public notification that he was back in Eugene in the first place?

Lt. Gregg Hastins with Oregon State Police, the agency that maintains the online database of predatory sex offenders, said many parole departments, including Lane County, don't add offenders to the public online database until after the offender has completed their post-prison supervision.