May 13, 2012

Marion sex offender arrested at ballgame

Again we see law enforcement misinterpreting "where children gather," where the correct interpretation is "where children gather WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION." Not only is this man destroyed in the eyes of his child, society is harmed by the misuse of law which very well may be actionable; hopefully it will be challenged in court. Anyone who feels this interpretation needs to ask, is there anywhere on earth "where children wouldn't gather?"
5-13-2012 North Carolina:

MARION -- A ballgame turned out to be anything but fun and games for a registered sex offender Friday.

Lt. David Marler of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher William Patrick, 27, of Alabama Avenue in Marion at Maple Leaf sports complex and charged him with a felony sex offender law violation (being in an area where children gather).

Capt. Ricky Crisp said Marler received information from an anonymous caller that Patrick was at the ballpark, watching his son play.

The lieutenant went to Maple Leaf, found Patrick and arrested him there at 6:15 p.m.

Patrick was convicted in McDowell County in January 2004 of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison followed by 3 1/2 years on probation.

Crisp stated that Maple Leaf is considered a county park and, by law, registered sex offenders aren't allowed there because it's a place children frequent. ..Source.. by Richelle Bailey | Media General News Service

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