Ruben Patterson once anointed himself the "Kobe Stopper," stemming from his early days with the Lakers. Because he didn't stop in the past, Patterson earned another nickname: sex offender. Now, after failing to register with authorities, he's got another one: man on the run.
A warrant was issued on Tuesday in Hamilton County, OH for Patterson's arrest. The law requires convicted to sex offenders to register with the local authorities. The 2006 film "Little Children" showed the complexities of sex offender registration, as well as how difficult it can be for offenders to recover their lives out of jail. Jackie Earle Haley earned himself an Oscar nomination for his portrayal. In Patterson's case, it's a wee bit simpler. He's rich. He's got people looking out for him (or at least he should). He's got all the advantages most people do not. He simply failed to register with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
"Hamilton County auditor records show Patterson bought a $3.4 million home on Cunningham Road in November 2006. The charge alleges Patterson did not register that address with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office within five days of moving as required by law."
Patterson plead guilty to a modified plea on an attempted rape charge in 2001. He was accused of attempting to rape his family's nanny. Sentenced to a year in jail, all but 15 days were suspended.
Should he be found guilty, failing to register his address is a misdemeanor carrying a six-month jail term. When Ruben gets back to Milwaukee for training camp in the fall, he might have an interesting response when people ask him how his summer was...