DECATUR — Police said they arrested a registered Decatur sexual predator Saturday after he made obscene comments to teenage cheerleaders at St. Teresa High School.
The 46-year-old man was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m., within 25 minutes of walking past the school campus at 2710 N. Water St. and making the comments, a sworn affidavit from Decatur police Officer Robert Murray said.
Adults present told the man to go away and he became indignant, according to Murray, “and dared them to call the police.” Murray said girls, as young as 13 and 17, heard the man’s obscene suggestions, repeated four times, which were directed at the children present.
The children and several adults had been on the school grounds cleaning up from a car wash event when the man happened by.
Murray said that, following previous convictions, the man is registered with police as a predatory sex offender and has to register his address and living arrangements with police every 90 days.
“As part of his registry he is not to be near a school,” Murray said.
The man was booked on a preliminary charges of the unlawful solicitation of a child and violation of the sex offender registry rules. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.
The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday night in lieu of posting $200,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from any child under the age of 18. He is due to be arraigned July 20.