Police: Registered sex offender was at soccer park

Children play soccer and people often jog and bike on the trails around Glen Rose Soccer Park. (Photo from Glen Rose Soccer Park Facebook page)

Children play soccer and people often jog and bike on the trails around Glen Rose Soccer Park. (Photo from Glen Rose Soccer Park Facebook page)

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

A woman who was jogging at the Glen Rose Soccer Park yesterday spotted a gray Dodge pickup truck parked there. She had seen it before, she told police, and it concerned her. She told police she felt the driver, a man, was watching her.

So the woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, called Glen Rose Police Chief Buck Martin. He was driving in his patrol car and went straight to the park. The man was sitting on a picnic table, Martin said.

When Martin began asking him what he was doing there, the man presented his registered sex offender card, as required. He is registered in Hood County, Martin said.

“He said was waiting on a phone call from his boss,” Martin said. “I verified that. Then he said, ‘I’m fixing to go.’ ”

“He was cooperative,” Martin added.

The chief said he contacted Hood County authorities, who told him that the man’s sex offender registration was up to date. Registered sex offenders are required to notify authorities if their address changes.

The man was convicted in 1997 of indecency with a child — he exposed himself to a 5-year-old girl — and in 2007 of indecent exposure with a 24-year-old female, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s registered sex offender database shows. Hood County has 123 registered sex offenders, according to the DPS registry.

“I think he kind of got the hint,” Martin said. “He wasn’t doing anything illegal and it’s a public park. But we’ll keep an eye on him.”

After the woman posted a warning about the incident on Facebook, dozens of people had questions and comments of concern. The soccer park not only is used by children playing soccer and other games, but also by others who jog or ride bikes on the trails.

Martin said the woman who called did the right thing.

“It’s a reminder to stay alert and if your stomach tells you to call us, call,” Martin said. “I think she (the woman) felt better she called. Don’t hesitate to call.”

The main number at Town Hall is 897-2272. Dial 911 in an emergency.

 

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