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A Beatrice man was arrested by deputies on Friday after allegedly failing to properly register as a sex offender.

On Friday, March 1, investigators from the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a felony warrant for a man accused of violating requirements to register as a sex offender.

An investigator with the sheriff’s office and special services sergeant from the courthouse went to 710 Lincoln St. in search of the suspect and heard a male and female inside the apartment.

They made contact with the female resident at that address who told them 32-year-old Jared A. Eppens, of Beatrice, had just left the residence. However, while checking the residence the special services sergeant located Eppens standing in a closet in a spare room.

He was standing behind the clothes in the closet, however the clothes only hid the upper part of his body and his legs were visible to the sergeant.

Eppens was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Gage County Detention Center on the warrant, which had been issued after a special services deputy had completed an affidavit for arrest warrant on Eppens for the Sex Offender Registration Act violation.

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