Two Salt Lake City sex offenders arrested in Wayne County

DGKN staff report

Two unregistered sex offenders from Salt Lake City who were living together in a trailer park outside of Orrville were arrested early Wednesday by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, with help from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Maigan Tatro, 38, and Caleb Steiner, 38, were arrested on federal warrants charging them with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, according to a news release. Both subjects had previously been convicted of sex offenses involving minors in Utah, and as convicted sex offenders they were both required to register their addresses.

The Dalton Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office provided critical assistance to help determine the pair’s whereabouts, the news release states.

According to Wayne County Court filings, Steiner had been charged last month at the Lincoln Way address with two minor misdemeanor counts of failing to confine and register a dog.

In 2019, the Utah Sex Offender Registry discovered that Tatro and Steiner were not living at their registered addresses in Salt Lake City and requested U.S. Marshals assistance with the investigation. The investigation spanned multiple states, and U.S. Marshals recently discovered that both suspects were residing together in the trailer park located in the 10000 block of Lincoln Way, outside of Orrville, according to the news release. Once their location was confirmed, Marshals quickly obtained arrest warrants from the U.S. District Court in Akron and took them into custody.

According to a Nov. 30, 2011, story written by Jim Dalrymple in the Provo, Utah, newspaper, the Daily Herald, Steiner was sentenced to two zero to five-year prison sentences to run concurrently. In October 2011, Steiner, then 30, pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The Daily Herald story notes the prosecutor said Steiner’s mental status was something of a mitigating factor in the case and he “had to be restored to competency twice so the case could proceed.” Steiner was arrested in 2009, the story continues, when he reportedly first engaged in a relationship with a teenage girl. While he was released from custody as this first case was moving through the court system he was arrested a second time for having sex with a minor.

A Provo woman told police she found Steiner in bed with her 13-year-old daughter in the girl’s basement bedroom.  The Daily Herald story states that according to an arrest report, Steiner told police after his second arrest that he had been in a relationship with the girl for about a year and a half.

“I have a problem with little girls, because they think I am younger than I am, and I use that to get the young girls to come to me,” Steiner reportedly told an officer.

Steiner was taken back into custody before he ultimately was sentenced.

“Two predators from Utah thought they could use Ohio as a safe hiding space, but there is not a home in Northern Ohio that sex offenders who prey on children can hide,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated in the news release. “Even in times of uncertainty in our communities the citizens should know that their streets are safe due to the hard work of our teams and the strong partnership with our local departments.”

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