Convicted sex offender arrested after found working as little league softball umpire in Hueytown
HUEYTOWN, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a convicted sex offender who was caught umpiring a girls' softball league is free on $30,000 bond.
Sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said Tuesday that Hueytown police told them 36-year-old Fred Allen Thomas III was umpiring the children's games. Sgt. Jack Self says Thomas surrendered to authorities on March 21 and was charged with failure to register employment within the prescribed time and loitering in specific areas.
Sheriff's officials say the softball association Thomas was working for was responsible for screening employees. Authorities say Thomas worked three games before a parent reported him to police.
Self says Thomas had previously been convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.
It's unclear if Thomas has an attorney, and a number listed for him has been disconnected.Section 15-20A-13 - Adult sex offender - Employment restrictions.
(a) No adult sex offender shall apply for, accept, or maintain employment or vocation or volunteer at any school, childcare facility, mobile vending business that provides services primarily to children, or any other business or organization that provides services primarily to children.
(b) No adult sex offender shall apply for, accept, or maintain employment or volunteer for any employment or vocation within 2,000 feet of the property on which a school or childcare facility is located unless otherwise exempted pursuant to Sections 15-20A-24 and 15-20A-25.
(c) No adult sex offender, after having been convicted of a sex offense involving a child, shall apply for, accept, or maintain employment or vocation or volunteer for any employment or vocation within 500 feet of a playground, park, athletic field or facility, or any other business or facility having a principal purpose of caring for, educating, or entertaining minors.
(d) Changes to property within 2,000 feet of an adult sex offender's place of employment which occur after an adult sex offender accepts employment shall not form the basis for finding that an adult sex offender is in violation of this section.
(e) It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any childcare facility or any other organization that provides services primarily to children to knowingly employ or accept volunteer services from an adult sex offender.
(f) For purposes of this section, the 2,000-foot measurement shall be taken in a straight line from nearest property line to nearest property line.
(g) Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a Class C felony.