Sex offender residing at 'address unknown' now behind bars

Sex offender residing at 'address unknown' now behind bars

No one officially knew where Christopher Drucker, a registered sex offender and convicted felon, was living until an investigation by The Examiner ensued. He is now residing safely behind bars at the Orange County Jail, and could face years in prison for violating his probation.

Examiner investigation ensues

Neighbors living on Amaryllis Avenue in Orange say, though they received notification that registered sex offender and convicted counterfeiter Christopher Shaun Drucker is living on their street, he isn’t and has not been there for months.

Apparently, no one – including the sex offender registry keepers at the Texas Department of Public Safety or those responsible for verifying his address at the Orange Police Department – knew exactly where Drucker was living when The Examiner started investigating, according to the state’s sex offender registry.

So, that means wherever he was living, his neighbors, who did not receive DPS notification that a high-risk sex offender had moved onto their block, had no idea about their new neighbor’s criminal history – or the perverse proclivities that put him on the registry in the first place as evidenced by his previous conviction for harming an 11-year-old girl.  

And, the man who is living at the address where DPS reported Drucker lives on Aug. 15 says he is worried about being misidentified as the sex offender and concerned that he may be targeted for retaliation by Drucker’s enemies who may mistakenly think he still lives there.

Wherever you go, there you are

There are different risk levels assigned to registered sex offenders, and the stipulations sex offenders must meet vary on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, different sex offenders have different requirements. Some offenders are required to register for a period of ten years, while others are required to register for life. Sometimes, for high-risk sex offenders like Drucker, DPS sends out mandatory notifications to people living near the registrant. Sometimes, it is not required.

One requirement that is the same for all registrants is reporting an accurate address. No matter where they go, Texas sex offenders’ home addresses are public information accessible on the DPS sex offender registry website – with Drucker being one obvious exception. In his case, the address is “unknown,” which some Orange residents find disturbing, to say the least.

“They don’t even know where he lives,” said Orange resident David Bradley, who lives on Amaryllis Avenue and recently received an incorrect notification from DPS. “No one does. I talked to DPS. I talked to the Orange Police Department. Apparently, he told his (Orange County) probation officer he is living at 1945 Camelot in Pinehurst. I talked to Chief (Fred) Hanauer (of the Pinehurst Police Department) who said Drucker is not allowed to live on Camelot because it’s too close to a park. He’s definitely not living next door to me like it says on the notice. So, no one knows where he is.”

The address on Camelot appears to be fairly close to a park and is certainly in close proximity of apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods. Texas law prohibits sex offenders who had a minor victim or who are on probation, parole or mandatory supervision from living in or visiting a residence within 500 feet of a Child Safety Zone as defined by the state, which includes schools. However, municipalities often have their own set of rules setting the minimum distance. In Drucker’s case, due to probation restrictions and his high-risk status, he is not allowed within 1,000 feet of anywhere children may gather, such as a park or arcade.

The address listed on the DPS notification is 105 Amaryllis Avenue in Orange. The home is registered to Esther and Robert Williams, who police say are Drucker’s grandparents. Robert Williams also owns the home on Camelot.

Bradley said Drucker once lived at the house at 105 Amaryllis Avenue, just like it says on the sex offender notification from DPS and on Drucker’s driver’s license; however, he explains, Drucker has not lived there for quite some time – some of which was spent behind bars.

In spite of the fact that Drucker has been reporting 105 Amaryllis Avenue as his address to the Orange Police Department, according to OPD sex offender registrar Sgt. John Chris Arnold and per information on a police report from an arrest in May, Bradley revealed, “Chris hasn’t lived there in about a year.”

About a year ago, on Aug. 23, 2017, while Drucker was serving time in Orange County for failure to verify his sex offender registration – the second time he was charged with failing to comply, he penned a request for a PR bond to Judge Courtney Arkeen complaining that he had been in jail for 45 days on the charge at that time. (A “PR” bond is a “personal recognizance” bond, meaning he would be released on his word to return to face the charges at a later time and not have to pay a cash bond.) Arkeen denied the request, stating in her response that Drucker’s attorney was “trying to work out a deal” for him, and that “there is a new case that has not been filed yet.”

He was finally released on that charge Oct. 4, 2017. At the time he was corresponding with Judge Arkeen, which was prior to his most recent arrest in May of this year, Drucker actually had multiple charges pending against him – four felony forgery charges for two counterfeiting arrests in May 2016 and October 2016.

Forgery

Armed with information from concerned citizens and a narcotics search warrant, officers with the Orange Police Department (OPD), Orange County Sheriff's Office, West Orange Police Department and Bridge City Police Department effectively dismantled an apparent counterfeit currency manufacturing operation and confiscated a large amount of methamphetamine at Drucker’s old 105 Amaryllis St. address on Oct. 21, 2016, OPD Lt. Jason T. Ashworth reported then.

In a news release from OPD, Ashworth revealed six people, including Drucker, were arrested for various charges after investigators allegedly discovered counterfeit currency, counterfeiting equipment and just over an ounce of methamphetamine at the Amaryllis Street abode. Drucker was arrested for forgery and possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Orange County Jail.

The October 2016 arrest was Drucker’s second within six months. Drucker was previously arrested on forgery charges May 25, 2016, when officers initially discovered evidence of counterfeiting at his Amaryllis Street residence during the execution of a separate search warrant. According to information released at the time, tips from the citizenry led officers who were working to stem a surge of phony currency circulating in Orange County straight to Drucker.

After searching Drucker's residence in May, officers located evidence they said indicated a counterfeiting operating had been going on for some time there and arrested him. When he was arrested the second time, the forgery charges for the first counterfeiting arrest were still pending against him in Orange County.

Following his second arrest, Enmon said it looked like Drucker had gone back at his old tricks.

According to Enmon in October 2016, "Some (counterfeit currency) appeared like it was made just prior to officers' executing the warrant."

Enmon warned that a number of bogus bills had been discovered at local convenience stores in Pinehurst, West Orange and other parts of Orange County, and cautioned at the time that some of the faux dough could still be in circulation. He said Drucker had printed $5, $10 and $20 denominations of currency with the following serial numbers:

$5 bills - JF38951484A and MF57287701A;

$10 bills - ML17724971B;

$20 bills - JC55564399C.

According to indictments filed against him Orange County, during the May incident Drucker also printed $100 bills with serial number FF95594731A, $20s with serial number AF10911850B, and $10s with serial number DB88881380A. He had three charges against him when he was arrested in October 2016, and the October arrest resulted in a single indictment against him for the $10s he was printing then, totaling four felonies. He pleaded guilty to the four charges on July 31, 2018.

However, although he has faced an assortment of charges over the years in Orange County, he has spent very little time behind bars paying for his crimes. The forgery charges were basically bundled, with the sentences running concurrently. For pleading guilty to the third-degree felony forgery charges, Judge Arkeen sentenced Drucker to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – but suspended the sentence and gave him 5 years probation instead. So, if he were to complete his 5 years of community supervision with no violations to the conditions of his probation, he would not have to serve any of the 10-year prison sentence.

It seems as though Drucker has been afforded special consideration every time he has been in front of a judge, nearly always receiving probation and being credited for a minimal amount of time served.He has literally spent less than a year behind bars for the combination of the four forgery charges plus the aggravated sexual assault of the 11-year-old he raped, for which he previously received probation. In the past, he has also been civilly committed, which reportedly kept him off the streets in short stints but apparently did nothing to keep him from his consistent criminal activities.

As of press time, Drucker’s most recent arrest was May 14. On that date, OPD officers responded to the Denny’s parking lot at Flying J’s, 7112 I-10 in Orange, after receiving a call that Drucker, who had five outstanding warrants at the time, was on the premises. Officer Logan Holland reported that when he got to Denny’s, he immediately recognized Drucker, who was inside a silver 2018 Ford Escape. The female passenger was identified by police as 32-year-old Danielle Ashley George, who previously lived on Amaryllis with Drucker but gave police a Nederland address (on Nederland Avenue) for this incident. George reportedly looked at the officer, then said something to Drucker, who looked over and slowly began to drive away.

Holland reports that he called out to Drucker to stop the vehicle, but he didn’t. Holland initiated pursuit and learned from dispatch that the vehicle Drucker was in had been reported stolen out of Pinehurst. The vehicle in question is registered to Robert Williams, just as both houses Drucker has reported as addresses. Mr. Williams, who police identified as Drucker’s grandfather, is the former Mayor Pro-Tem for the city of Pinehurst.

Holland caught up with Drucker and George, who also had warrants. When he did, he reported, Drucker was “making furtive movements inside the car and looking back” in  his direction. So, the officer unholstered his Glock and moved toward Drucker, ordering him out of the vehicle.

Both Drucker and George were arrested. George was arrested for a theft warrant out of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Drucker had two warrants for forged writing, one for credit card abuse, one for forgery of counterfeit money and one for failure to verify his sex offender registration. 

Where, oh where could he be?

At the time of this report, Drucker’s address was still listed as unknown on the sex offender registry.

Amaryllis Avenue resident David Bradley called The Examiner Aug. 27 to report that he had received a postcard notification from DPS that Drucker lives at 105 Amaryllis, just next door to Bradley. As reported, Drucker does not live there. The Examiner spoke to the current resident Mark Broussard on Sept. 4.

“No, Christopher Drucker does not live here,” Broussard responded when questioned about Drucker. “And, I wish everyone knew that. I want everyone to know he does not live here.”

Broussard, who is leasing the house from the Williams, said he has met and spoken with Drucker.

“I knew he was a registered sex offender, but he was telling everybody the girl was 16 and he was 18. He didn’t tell us it was an 11-year-old girl.”

Broussard is concerned that people who have issues with Drucker could show up at the Amaryllis Street address looking for payback for any of his past misdeeds.

“I am worried about retaliation,” asserted Broussard. “What if someone who thinks he lives here thinks I am him, or if someone thinks he still lives here and does something violent, like shoot at the house?”

The card received by Bradley and other Amaryllis Avenue residents indicates that Drucker’s address was verified by the OPD on Aug. 15, just before the notification postcards were sent out to the neighborhood. The state sex offender registry also states that OPD verified Drucker’s registration information, including his address, on Aug. 15.

When asked about the verification process, and why Amaryllis Avenue residents received erroneous notifications, OPD Sgt. J. Chris Arnold, the department’s sex offender registrar, said Drucker had “verified” the information by reporting the Amaryllis address during registration. He said DPS sends out notification following the offender’s verification, prior to the local law enforcement agencies actually going out to the addresses themselves for verification. Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety said it is illegal for sex offenders to misreport their address to the state and local authorities.

“Registered sex offenders are required to provide accurate registration and verification information to the offender’s local law enforcement authority,” Sgt. Davis explained. “Registered sex offenders must report all changes in address to the offender’s proper law enforcement authority… A person commits an offense if the person is required to register and fails to comply with any requirements under the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. The penalty is a felony.”

In Drucker’s case, because he is required to register annually, it is a third-degree felony punishable by no less than 2 years and no more than 10 years in prison and a fine.

It is also a violation of his current probation.

Many people do not realize that the offender, not the law enforcement agency, is the person generally verifying their own information, including their address. According to Arnold, that is due to the high volume of sex offenders living in Orange and the surrounding area.

“You have to understand, there are 124 sex offenders that they have to verify (in Orange),” Arnold described. “The county has about 250. There are 92,000 in the state of Texas.”

He said Drucker has told police and county officers that he lives at the Amaryllis Street address and, to Arnold’s knowledge, has not mentioned the Camelot address.

“I’ve also talked to his probation or parole officer,” said Arnold on Sept 11. “They have the same (Amaryllis Avenue) address.”

Arnold said Drucker had recently been in jail in Louisiana and “just got out,” but he was not sure exactly where in Louisiana, or when, or for how long, or for what Drucker was arrested. He said he did know that Drucker had once lived at the Amaryllis Avenue address, which initially made it more plausible that he was still at the same place.

“He was living at that address,” said Arnold. “I don’t know how long before he was incarcerated – because that’s his grandmother’s rent house.

“We verified his address. Have you checked the website?”

Information about sex offenders registered in the state of Texas is on the state sex offender registry database, which may be accessed at records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffenderRegistry.

“Verification of a registrant’s reported address is conducted by the local law enforcement authority for which the person is registered with (Art. 62.058 and Art. 62.055 Texas Code of Criminal Procedure),” Davis further explains. 

She indicated that OPD verified Drucker’s Amaryllis Avenue address on Aug. 15, possibly due to his misreporting. Then, amidst The Examiner’s investigation, the department changed the address to “unknown” on Sept. 7.

Arnold said Drucker’s address had been updated “before then,” but Davis explained that OPD has immediate access to the database and all data becomes rapidly available once entered.

“The registry allows for local agencies to update registration records online,” she related. “Orange PD currently has electronic access. Changes to registration information reported electronically by a local agency will appear on the public website within 30 minutes of the change.”

While Bradley says OPD did not investigation when he initially called and reported that the DPS notification had the wrong address for Drucker, wheels were soon set in motion.

On Sept. 11, after speaking with The Examiner, Sgt. Arnold visited 105 Amaryllis Avenue in Orange. According to his report, he went to the address at 5:06 p.m. to check out Drucker’s story and see if he really lived where he said he did. He reportedly spoke to Broussard and Bradley while at the residence, confirming information relative to his investigation into Drucker’s whereabouts.

“They will probably be issuing a warrant,” Arnold said of the Orange County probation department. “They can issue a warrant a lot faster than I can go to grand jury to get a warrant.”

A warrant for Christopher Drucker’s arrest for failure to comply with his sex offender registry was issued Sept. 12.

The same day, Pinehurst Police Department Chief Fred Hanauer saw the warrant and paid a visit to the Camelot Street address owned by Drucker’s grandparents.

Drucker had previously tried to register at that address prior to Aug. 15, said Hanauer, so they had been watching the house after telling him he could not live there.

“He was advised by me personally that he could not register at the Camelot Street address due to the proximity of the residence to a city park located on W. Park,” Chief Hanauer described. “Our ordinance prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of certain properties such as playgrounds, foster homes and game rooms, etc.”

Hanauer also said he had previously contacted the OPD to let them know it had been alleged that Drucker could be living on Camelot.

So when he saw the new warrant, he acted.

“We went to the residence and spoke to his grandparents, who denied he was there,” Hanauer related. “We waited for about 45 minutes and never lost sight of the house. He then left the house in one his grandparents’ vehicles.”

“Chris Drucker was arrested by the Pinehurst Police Department on this date at approximately 12:28 p.m. for a warrant issued also on this date,” Hanauer said Sept. 12. “The charge was for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. This warrant was obtained by the Orange Police Department pursuant to their investigation that did not directly involve the Pinehurst Police Department. The arrest followed a traffic stop conducted by myself and Officer K. Norton after I observed Mr. Drucker leave the Camelot Street address and commit a traffic infraction.”

Hanauer commended the OPD for quickly obtaining the warrant allowing for Drucker’s arrest. At the time of this report, Drucker’s current address was 105 Border St., Orange – the Orange County Jail.

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