Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Feb 24, 2023 - 2:14PM

For Immediate Release

The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit Apprehends Non-Compliant Sex Offender in Washoe County

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

On February 22, 2023, after an ongoing investigation, Detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) arrested Ryder Sparks, 24, on two felony counts of failure to obey sex offender laws/registration. Additionally, Sparks was charged with one count of destruction of property, resisting a public officer, one misdemeanor count of domestic battery (1st) out of Lyon County, and an arrest for violation of conditions of parole with Nevada State Police Parole and Probation.

In 2017, Ryder was convicted of coercion with force or threat of force for sex out of the Second Judicial District Court. Ryder is a Tier II sex offender in the State of Nevada.

There are approximately 1400 registered sex offenders in the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County area. These offenders are monitored by investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada State Police Parole and Probation.

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.

The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit can be reached at 775-325-6483.




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.


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