Grove mother may go to prison for marrying sex offender, prosecutor said

Heather Leann Ogden, 35, of Grove, is accused of violating her probation by marrying Steven Ray Cottle Jr., a convicted sex offender, a prosecutor said Thursday.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: March 24, 2012
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A Grove woman on probation for having her children with her when she was arrested for public intoxication could be sent to prison after marrying a convicted sex offender — a likely probation violation, a prosecutor said.

Heather Leann Ogden, 35, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child endangerment in November 2010 and was sentenced to a four-year suspended sentence.

District Attorney Eddie Wyant said he filed a motion March 15 to revoke Ogden's probation after authorities discovered she married felon Steven Ray Cottle Jr. Ogden also was arrested in connection with drunken driving June 11 in Joplin, Mo., according to the motion.

Cottle, 31, was convicted in May 1999 in Blaine County for indecent exposure and received a five-year deferred sentence.

He failed to register as a sex offender in 2005 and was sentenced to 10 years for indecent exposure, failure to register and being in possession of a firearm during probation.

He was released June 2, 2011, after serving six years, according to Department of Corrections records.

Ogden was arrested Nov. 27, 2009, after a police officer arrived to help her when her car was inoperable.

The officer said she appeared to be intoxicated and a half-empty bottle of whiskey was on the rear floorboard of her car.

Her 1-year-old and 6-year-old children also were in the car, according to an arrest affidavit.

She is free on $2,000 bail and scheduled to return to court Monday.


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