For Immediate Release
Local law enforcement agencies arrest sex offenders in partnership with RSONU
Please note: this is a regional press release
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Two convicted sex offenders are in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility after local law enforcement agencies, in partnership with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) made the arrests.
Patrick Wagner, 52, is charged with one count of being a sex offender who failed annual verification. Wagner was arrested by the Reno Police Department for burglary on March 6, 2021 when it was discovered that he had been out of compliance since November 16, 2020. The RSONU add-booked him on the aforementioned charge. Wagner is a Tier II sex offender previously convicted for statutory sexual seduction.
Michael Meza, 48, is charged with two felony counts of failing to register as a sex offender, and provided false or misleading information on the Nevada State Sex Offender Registration Forms. Meza was arrested by RSONU detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Reno Police Department on March 17, 2021. Meza is a Tier III sex offender previously convicted in California for rape, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
The RSONU was formed in 1998 to be in compliance with federal law passed in 1997. At that time Washoe County, the City of Sparks and the City of Reno all agreed there was a need for coordination in law enforcement in the tracking, monitoring, investigation, public notification, and the arrest and prosecution of non-compliant sex offenders. The RSONU operates as a regional, multi-jurisdictional and collaborative entity to carry out the requirements of community notifications as set forth in Chapter 179D of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The RSONU’s jurisdictional boundaries encompass all of Washoe County, including the Cities of Reno and Sparks.
In addition to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office investigator, investigators from RPD and SPD are sworn in as Deputies with the WCSO in order to carry out the mission of the Unit. The WCSO also provides an Administrative Office Support Specialist to help with clerical functions.
Currently, there are about 1400 registered sex offenders in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County area. Each of the three investigators are assigned over 400 offenders to monitor.
The RSONU is open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm, excluding holidays, and can be reached at 775-325-6483.
Photo 1: Patrick Wagner
Photo 2: Michael Meza
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.