Registered sex offender accused of trying to lure two children

Staff Report

A 12-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl said a registered sex offender has tried to get them into his East Vine Street apartment on at least six occasions in the past few weeks, according to a police report.

The allegations, which the man denied, were reported to police about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday by the parent of the boy.

The children said a bare-chested man standing at a window pointed his finger at them and motioned for them to come to him as they walked home from the Boys and Girls Club of Oberlin, 218 North Pleasant St., according to the report.

They said they walk home from the club at the same time daily and there have been at least five previous incidents.

The girl’s mother also said the man acted strangely around her daughter at Eastwood Elementary School two years ago.

The suspect told police he has seen the children, but denied trying to entice them into his home. Police spokesman Lt. Mike McCloskey said in an interview that there is no way to substantiate the allegations, but the incident remains under investigation.

The 58-year-old man has not been charged in connection to the recent accusations.

However, he was convicted of importuning in 2011 in an incident involving an underage girl, according to court records. Importuning is defined as trying to have sex with a minor.

The man was sentenced to five years probation in 2012, but probation was dropped in 2014. He is required to register as a sex offender until 2027.

The suspect is one of 15 registered sex offenders living in Oberlin, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, which monitors sex offenders.

Staff Report