On January 14, the Winslow Police Department received a report of a possible child molestation. The victim was reported to be a 10-year-old female child. The alleged perpetrator was identified as 37-year-old Ronald Edward Sorrell. At the time of this report, the child’s mother had taken her to a physician for a routine medical examination in Flagstaff.
The investigating officer discovered that Sorrell is a registered sex offender from the State of Oklahoma.
On January 21, this case was referred to the WPD Criminal Investigations Division for thorough follow-up investigation into this allegation. WPD Department Detective Jon Atkinson and Navajo County Sheriff’s Detective Shauna Bennett conducted a forensic interview with the 10-year-old victim. The victim reported being touched in an inappropriate manner by Sorrell, whom she identified.
Another medical examination was conducted. Throughout this investigation, information was gained which supported the allegation. Attempts to locate Sorrell were unsuccessful. It is believed he may have moved out of Winslow.
It was later learned that Sorrell moved to Arizona from Oklahoma and lived briefly in Winslow.
He had also failed to register with the Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender as required by law.
On Feb. 10, 2003, the completed case file sent to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office for review and charges. As a result of this investigation, Ronald Edward Sorrell was charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. As of this date, Sorrell has not been located.
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Ronald Edward Sorrell or has any information of similar criminal activity is asked to call the Winslow Police Department at (928) 289-2431 or Crime Stop at 289-2100.
As with any criminal investigation, all accused persons are considered innocent until a jury renders a judgement of guilt.