ROCK SPRINGS — A Colorado man was arrested Monday in Rock Springs during a traffic stop following a surveillance operation.

Sheriff Mike Lowell reported the arrest of Jason Scott Bender, 44, of Sheridan, Colorado.

Early Monday morning, county detectives developed information that Bender had been living in Rock Springs for some time, and began an investigation into Bender’s alleged failure to register locally as a convicted sex offender, as required by Wyoming state law. During the investigation, detectives learned Bender has past convictions in Colorado for assault, sexual assault and failure to register as a sex offender.

By mid-morning Monday, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group set up a surveillance operation on Bender’s last known physical address just in time to spot Bender leaving the area in a vehicle.

At approximately 1 p.m. Monday, SNAAG detectives, along with other county detectives and sheriff’s deputies, arrested Bender without incident during a traffic stop on the west end of Rock Springs.

Bender remains in custody at Sweetwater County Detention Center on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender, awaiting his initial appearance in court.

In Wyoming, failure to register as a sex offender is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.

The United States Department of Justice maintains the national NCIC sex offender registry at www.nsopw.gov. All of Wyoming’s registered sex offenders’ photographs and other information are posted on the Division of Criminal Investigation’s website at wysors.dci.wyo.gov/sor. At present, there are approximately 110 registered sex offenders living in Sweetwater County.

Lowell said the arrest was a cooperative effort by Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs Police Department, and Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group is a specialized unit of county detectives dedicated to drug enforcement and fugitive apprehension cases.

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