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Police seek repeat sex offender

Crime Stoppers and area law enforcement would like to thank the readers of the Mail Tribune for the tips that led to the arrest of William Lewis Leonard on Nov. 15. Leonard had been profiled the week before (Nov. 7).

This week, the Medford Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon need your help in locating a convicted felon and repeat sex offender with an escape history who has absconded from post-prison supervision.

In June 1983, Ebron Lee Lewellen, now 50, was convicted of the charge of first-degree sex abuse. He was sentenced to serve 51/2 years in the Oregon State Penitentiary. He escaped in August 1987, was returned several weeks later and later paroled. After violating his parole, he was again incarcerated in 1988 and 1996. In April 2000, Lewellen was again charged and convicted of first-degree sex abuse and sentenced to prison. He was released in June 2006.

As a registered sex offender, Lewellen is required by law to report his new address within 10 days of moving and within 10 days of his birthday. The last time Lewellen registered was July 12, 2006, with a Medford address.

Because Lewellen has violated the terms of his parole and his whereabouts are unknown, a no-bail felony warrant held by the Oregon State Parole Board has been issued. There is an additional felony warrant held by the Medford Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender, with a bail of $15,000.

Lewellen is described as a white male adult, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Lewellen has a scar on his right knee, is missing some upper teeth and wears prescription glasses. He may be using the aliases of Eby Lewellen or Richard Elsworth. The picture shown here, taken June 22, 2006, is the most recent photo available.

If you have seen Ebron Lee Lewellen, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328). This Crime Stopper's case number is MT-368.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Sonitrol of Eugene.