Sex Offender Notifications

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The Gila County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to Arizona State Statute 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this notice has indicated he will be living in the Payson area. The individuals who appear on this notification have been convicted of a sex offense that allows for community notification. They are not wanted by the Gila County Sheriff's Department or any other agency at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear, rather it is our belief that an informed community is a safe community. Citizen abuse of this information to harass, intimidate or threaten sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Community Notification -- Level 3 sex offender alert

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Devaney

Walter Dewayne Devaney

White male, 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 185 pounds, hazel eyes and brown hair.

Address: Lot 471 Paloma Vista, Mesa del Caballo, Payson.

On Nov. 23, 1996, the 9-year-old male victim (#1) and a 7-year-old female victim (#2), were called into the bathroom by Devaney, their mother's boyfriend who was in the bathtub. The offender ordered the children to reach across him to get the soap for him. As they reached across, he urinated on them.

On a prior occasion, Devaney forced victim #1 to wear a bra and took photographs of him. Both victims reported that the offender threatened to kill them if they told their mother. Devaney regularly beat both victims and called them names. Victim #1 went to school with swollen eyes and bruises on his face as a result of abuse. CPS intervened. He served five years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

He is now living in Gila County, registered with the Gila County Sheriff's Office, and compliant with the sex offender registration laws of Arizona.

For more information on this or any other offender, call (928) 474-2208 or (928) 425-4449.

Community Notification -- Level 2 sex offender alert

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Smith

Donald Lee Smith

White male, 55 years old, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, blue eyes and blonde hair.

Address: Lot 4B Wonder Valley, Payson.

On July 28, 1992, the mother of an 11-year-old male victim notified police that her husband had been molesting her son. On Aug. 4, 1992, Smith admitted to police that he had been molesting the victim. Smith admitted to engaging in oral sexual contact with the victim at their residence. He also admitted to receiving oral sexual contact approximately nine times. Smith admitted that he masturbated in front of the victim. The victim's mother walked in and witnessed the incident. Smith served 10 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Smith is now living in Gila County, registered with the Gila County Sheriff's Office, and compliant with the sex offender registration laws of Arizona.

For more information on this or any other offender, call (928) 474-2208 or (928) 425-4449.

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