Warrant Issued for Sex Offender

Stephen Rootes
Stephen Rootes

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a wanted sex offender and is asking for your help in locating him.

Stephen N. Rootes, 31, is wanted on a criminal arrest warrant issued by the LaPorte County Circuit Court for Failure to Register which is a Class C felony.

Sheriff’s deputies had conducted a compliance check on Oct. 31 and learned that Rootes had moved from the last registered address. Since moving from his LaPorte residence, he has failed to register with any other law enforcement agency and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Rootes was convicted in 2007 on a charge of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor as a Class C felony and is required to register with law enforcement through June of 2021.

Rootes is 5’9”, and weighs 145 pounds. He has short blonde hair, hazel eyes and is missing is front upper teeth. If you know of Rootes’ whereabouts, call the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2406.