Convicted felon from Rome arrested on pending warrants


A Oneida County man has been arrested on multiple charges after allegedly failing to report himself to law enforcement officials.

That Rome police station says that 54-year-old Wendell C. Payton was taken into custody on Monday, April 11, 2022 pending multiple outstanding warrants from the Rome Municipal Court.

Wendell C. Payton Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (April 2022)

Wendell C. Payton Photo Credit: Rome Police Department (April 2022)

Payton is charged with:

  • Failure to report a change of address with a criminal record (Class D offense)
  • Failure to report 90 update to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (Class E offense)
  • 2nd degree contempt of punishment for disobeying a court order (class A misdemeanor)

In a written press release, the Rome Police Department says Payton is a level three sex offender who allegedly has not reported to the department since November 2021.

He was charged in the Rome Municipal Court and is being held without bail pending a future court appearance.

In New York state, under the Sex Offender Registration Act, convicted sex offenders must notify the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services within ten days of their move. As part of this, they must also separately notify the local police department if they have moved and, according to the NYS DCJS, “and comply with any sex offender requirements that exist in the new jurisdiction.”

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Rome Police Department.   The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.   At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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