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Police: Sex offender caught picking child up from school

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

A sex offender received a warning and could face charges after police caught him waiting to pick up a child outside a local school, Decatur police said.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman, said police staked out Walter Jackson Elementary on Friday after receiving a tip from a school official that Jomo Kenyatta Jones would be there.

“Jones was picking up a child at school every day, and the child wasn’t his — which is a big-time violation of sex-offender law,” DeButy said. “They waited for him to pull up to get the child, and then they grabbed him.”

Police issued 37-year-old Jones a trespass warning and let him go. DeButy could not say immediately whether Jones would face any charges.

Officers notified the child’s mother about what had taken place and turned the case over to the Crime Prevention Unit, DeButy said.

DeButy, who did not identify the child, said police did not yet know why Jones was picking the child up from school or how long he had been doing so.

Jones pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 in December 1996. A grand jury had indicted him on that charge and a charge of first-degree rape. No further details were available about that case.

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