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DECATUR — A 29-year-old Decatur man was arrested Thursday on charges that he violated terms of his sex offender registration by attending an event at Parsons Elementary School, police said. 

A signed police affidavit said event took place Jan. 25. The man was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor in 2007, and was sentenced to three years in prison. The terms of his release prohibit him from being within 500 feet of any school grounds. 

When detectives were contacted about his presence at the school, they brought in the man for questioning at police headquarters on Thursday, the affidavit said. He admitted to being at the school event, the affidavit said. 

The Decatur Public School District released a statement about the incident, saying that officials were aware of parent concerns at the school and followed the appropriate protocol to address the situation. A district spokeswoman declined to elaborate further. 

The man is out of jail on $5,000 bond, and is due for arraignment on Feb. 19. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney. 

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Public Safety Reporter

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