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Buckeye police issue sex offender notices

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Buckeye police have issued public alerts about three registered sex offenders who have moved into the city.

Ian Chafin, 37, is living at a home in the 22800 block of West Lone Star Drive, southwest of Interstate 10 and Watson Road, said Detective Tamela Skaggs, a Buckeye police spokeswoman.

In July 2002, Chafin was convicted of sexual battery by restraint in California. The conviction was set aside in 2007 by a California court, but Chafin is still required to register as a sex offender according to the California Department of Justice, Skaggs said.

The victim, a girl, was known to Chafin, she said.

Authorities have classified Chafin as a Level II, or intermediate-risk, sex offender, Skaggs said.

Steven Harris, 67, is living at a home in the 22700 block of West Mohave Street, northwest of Sundance Parkway and Rainbow Road, she said.

Harris was convicted in 2007 in Moline, Ill., of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a child younger than 13 years old, Skaggs said.

His victim, a 10-year-old girl, was known to him, she said.

Authorities have classified Harris as a Level II, or intermediate-risk, sex offender, Skaggs said.

Richard Reel, 70, is living at a home in the 31000 block of West Weldon Avenue, southwest of Indian School and Johnson roads, she said.

In 2002, Reel was convicted in Maricopa County Superior Court for furnishing obscene material to a minor, a Class 4 felony, Skaggs said.

Authorities have classified Reel as a Level II, or intermediate-risk, sex offender, she said.

The men are not wanted by law enforcement at this time, she said.

The alerts are the result of the Arizona sex offender law that took effect in 1996. The law requires community notification for some sex offenders.

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