Tip helps police locate sexually violent predator

Friday, May 3, 2013
David Pete Dove

Law enforcement officers had been looking for David Pete Dove, a 54-year-old Linton man, since last August because he is a convicted sex offender who they say failed to register as required by law.

Dove is considered a sexually violent predator  and is required to register with the sheriff's department for the rest of his life.

He was apprehended on April 27.

He managed to elude them for awhile, but Chief Troy Jerrell of the Linton Police Department said Dove was taken into custody as a result of a tip to the Crimestoppers hotline.

LPD Officer Nick Yingling made the arrest around 9 a.m. last Saturday. Yingling reported that he found Dove hiding in the closet of a bedroom at a residence on County Road 200N just west of CR 1000W.

When Dove failed to respond to numerous attempts to contact him, Deputy James O'Malley of the Greene County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to investigate.

Dove's last contact with Denise Andrew, the Greene County Sheriff's Department's Sex and Violent Offender Registrar, was on August 29, 2012. On that day, Dove contacted Andrew by phone and informed her that he was moving to 39 SW D  Street in Linton. He said he would come by the office to change his address in person and update his photograph.

Dove is required to update his photograph every 90 days and notify the registrar in person within three days of any address change.

Andrew reported that Dove failed to show up and several unsuccessful attempts were made by deputies to contact him in person at that address to verify that he lived there.

Andrew also reported that a certified letter was sent to Dove at the address given and that the post office made several attempts to deliver it before returning it with a stamp that said, "Return to sender, unclaimed, unable to forward."

The last time an attempt was made, in April, to locate Dove at the SW D Street address, Deputy O'Malley reported the home was unoccupied and appeared to be in a state of demolition or reconstruction. O'Malley said he and other deputies also checked on Dove's previous address in Linton numerous times but determined he had not been living there.

A warrant was issued for Dove's arrest back in December, on a petition to revoke his probation and suspended sentence. Dove appeared in Greene Superior Court on Tuesday for a hearing on this charge. A motion was made to set bond -- denied by Judge Dena Martin.

Another arrest warrant was issued this week after a new case filed against Dove in Greene Superior Court. He was due to appear in court for an initial hearing on Friday morning to be charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a class D felony.

David Pete Dove was convicted of criminal deviate conduct in Greene Superior Court on Aug. 25, 2003. Dove, who was 44 at the time, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after entering a plea of guilty to one count of criminal deviate conduct, a class B felony, as part of a negotiated plea agreement. As part of the agreement, five counts of class B felony rape were dismissed.

Dove was ordered to serve the time in the Indiana Department of Corrections, with nine of the 16 years suspended. He was to then be on probation for nine years. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs and not have contact with any of the victims involved.

The case began May 25, 2001 when Dove was charged with rape and criminal deviate conduct. He was arrested and released from jail after posting 10 percent of his $30,000 bond.

However, more victims came forward and Dove was arrested again on May 31, 2001 by Linton Police Officers Chad Crynes and Duane Collenbaugh after LPD Det. Sgt. Troy Jerrell (now LPD Police Chief) filed three more counts of rape against Dove involving three more women. On July 10, 2001, the fifth count of rape was added to the list of charges.

Dove is currently being held without bond in the Greene County Jail.