This is a non-story turned into a fearmongering "OMG!" story by the mass media. Actually, there is NO law that bars RSOs from any place but schools, but the mass media does not believe it. Shame on WAFF!
Sex offender spotted at Shoals Chuck E Cheese
Posted: Jul 23, 2010 5:30 PM CDT Updated: Jul 23, 2010 6:48 PM CDT
By Nick Lough - bio | email
SHEFFIELD, AL (WAFF)- Authorities confronted a sex offender at the Chuck E. Cheese in Sheffield, but didn't arrest him. Police said he was doing nothing wrong.
Witnesses say a woman at the noticed the registered Lauderdale County sex offender inside the restaurant around lunch time Friday.
The man had been found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old several years ago.
Sheffield police confronted the man inside the restaurant, and he told them he was there for a birthday party.
According to Alabama state law, because his victim was older than twelve, the man is still allowed to attend functions at establishments like Chuck E. Cheese as long as he lets authorities know of his intentions before hand.
"If the birthday party starts at six, you get there at six not any minute before, and if it ends at seven, you have to get off that property at seven, you cant stay on the property outside of your scope of the purpose of being there," said Kelly Muston, Lauderdale Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Investigators say the man did nothing wrong. Chuck E. Cheese also did not make the man leave the property after learning of his past.
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