Merlin Overholt – Child Sexual Predator – Whining Pedophile


Merlin Overholt took the stand in a Logan County Courtroom Friday during a suppression hearing to determine if a taped confession by Overholt can be used by the Commonwealth in its case against him.

Overholt’s Attorney Stewart Wheeler made the motion to suppress his client’s confession on June 30 saying Kentucky State Trooper Brad Bowles who conducted the interview did not read Overholt his Miranda rights before interviewing him.

According to Bowles, he was not required to Mirandize Overholt before the interview because he had not placed him under arrest at that time.

Overholt was arrested in January and again in February on numerous charges of sexual crimes against children under the age of 12 and was indicted on 149 counts ranging from rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of incest.

According to the indictment, there are 10 children under the age of 12 involved in the case, which is still being investigated by the Kentucky State Police. The alleged abuse, according to the indictment, began as far back as 1992 and has continued until his January arrest.

Overholt’s wife, Ruth, has been operating a home daycare for years.


During questioning Friday by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling Overholt admitted he told Bowles on the night of January 30 that he knew his actions were illegal and he would rather take the fall now and make it to heaven. When Guiling asked Overholt if he had been struggling with this for sometime now his answer was “yes”.

Bowles also took the stand and gave a descriptive account of what happened during the late hours of January 29 and the early morning hours that followed. Bowles told of how he was called to the Medical Center at approximately 10:16 p.m. on Jan. 29 about a possible child sexual abuse case.

He said when he arrived at the hospital he spoke with the hospital staff, the emergency physician and the parents of the alleged four-year-old victim who had told her parents Overholt had touched her sexually.

Upon hearing what he thought was enough to open a case against Overholt, Bowels went to Overholt’s home at approximately 12 a.m. He said he asked Overholt to come to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department with him to talk. Bowles said he wanted to go to the Sheriff’s Department because he wanted to tape the conversation and that was the only place in the county he knew was set up for that. Bowles testified that he did not force Overholt, who drove himself, to come with him.

Bowles further testified that he told Overholt repeatedly that he was there voluntarily and could leave at any time because he wasn’t under arrest.

When questioned by attorney Wheeler, Overholt he said he felt he didn’t have a choice but to go with Bowles because he thought the police would come after him if he didn’t. Overholt did agree under cross-examination by Guiling that Bowles told him he wasn’t under arrest while interviewing him.

Bowles said Overholt immediately started talking when they sat down in the interview. He said he asked few questions and just let him talk. Bowles admitted he was surprised at Overholt’s confession.

“Overholt freely told me he was doing this because he would rather answer now and be punished rather than not get into Heaven,” said Bowles, adding that Overholt said it was a weight off his shoulders.

“I was overwhelmed,” said Bowles who taped the interview. The tape was entered into evidence.

Bowles said Overholt began telling of other victims but was having trouble recalling their names. Trooper Bowles said he left the interview room and upon returning arrested Overholt because he felt he had confessed to a felony. He said he took him immediately to the Logan County Detention Center.

Both the Commonwealth and the defense will have to submit a memorandum of support to Circuit Court Judge Tyler Gill by Aug. 4. Gill will then decide on Wheeler’s motion to suppress Overholt’s confession.

Overholt has plead not guilty to 149 counts of sexual abuse against a child less than 12 years of age. A jury trial has been set for Sept. 8. Overholt is still being lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Merlin Overholt – Child Sexual Predator – Whining Pedophile


Merlin Overholt took the stand in a Logan County Courtroom Friday during a suppression hearing to determine if a taped confession by Overholt can be used by the Commonwealth in its case against him.

Overholt’s Attorney Stewart Wheeler made the motion to suppress his client’s confession on June 30 saying Kentucky State Trooper Brad Bowles who conducted the interview did not read Overholt his Miranda rights before interviewing him.

According to Bowles, he was not required to Mirandize Overholt before the interview because he had not placed him under arrest at that time.

Overholt was arrested in January and again in February on numerous charges of sexual crimes against children under the age of 12 and was indicted on 149 counts ranging from rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of incest.

According to the indictment, there are 10 children under the age of 12 involved in the case, which is still being investigated by the Kentucky State Police. The alleged abuse, according to the indictment, began as far back as 1992 and has continued until his January arrest.

Overholt’s wife, Ruth, has been operating a home daycare for years.


During questioning Friday by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling Overholt admitted he told Bowles on the night of January 30 that he knew his actions were illegal and he would rather take the fall now and make it to heaven. When Guiling asked Overholt if he had been struggling with this for sometime now his answer was “yes”.

Bowles also took the stand and gave a descriptive account of what happened during the late hours of January 29 and the early morning hours that followed. Bowles told of how he was called to the Medical Center at approximately 10:16 p.m. on Jan. 29 about a possible child sexual abuse case.

He said when he arrived at the hospital he spoke with the hospital staff, the emergency physician and the parents of the alleged four-year-old victim who had told her parents Overholt had touched her sexually.

Upon hearing what he thought was enough to open a case against Overholt, Bowels went to Overholt’s home at approximately 12 a.m. He said he asked Overholt to come to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department with him to talk. Bowles said he wanted to go to the Sheriff’s Department because he wanted to tape the conversation and that was the only place in the county he knew was set up for that. Bowles testified that he did not force Overholt, who drove himself, to come with him.

Bowles further testified that he told Overholt repeatedly that he was there voluntarily and could leave at any time because he wasn’t under arrest.

When questioned by attorney Wheeler, Overholt he said he felt he didn’t have a choice but to go with Bowles because he thought the police would come after him if he didn’t. Overholt did agree under cross-examination by Guiling that Bowles told him he wasn’t under arrest while interviewing him.

Bowles said Overholt immediately started talking when they sat down in the interview. He said he asked few questions and just let him talk. Bowles admitted he was surprised at Overholt’s confession.

“Overholt freely told me he was doing this because he would rather answer now and be punished rather than not get into Heaven,” said Bowles, adding that Overholt said it was a weight off his shoulders.

“I was overwhelmed,” said Bowles who taped the interview. The tape was entered into evidence.

Bowles said Overholt began telling of other victims but was having trouble recalling their names. Trooper Bowles said he left the interview room and upon returning arrested Overholt because he felt he had confessed to a felony. He said he took him immediately to the Logan County Detention Center.

Both the Commonwealth and the defense will have to submit a memorandum of support to Circuit Court Judge Tyler Gill by Aug. 4. Gill will then decide on Wheeler’s motion to suppress Overholt’s confession.

Overholt has plead not guilty to 149 counts of sexual abuse against a child less than 12 years of age. A jury trial has been set for Sept. 8. Overholt is still being lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Merlin Overholt – Child Sexual Predator – Whining Pedophile


Merlin Overholt took the stand in a Logan County Courtroom Friday during a suppression hearing to determine if a taped confession by Overholt can be used by the Commonwealth in its case against him.

Overholt’s Attorney Stewart Wheeler made the motion to suppress his client’s confession on June 30 saying Kentucky State Trooper Brad Bowles who conducted the interview did not read Overholt his Miranda rights before interviewing him.

According to Bowles, he was not required to Mirandize Overholt before the interview because he had not placed him under arrest at that time.

Overholt was arrested in January and again in February on numerous charges of sexual crimes against children under the age of 12 and was indicted on 149 counts ranging from rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of incest.

According to the indictment, there are 10 children under the age of 12 involved in the case, which is still being investigated by the Kentucky State Police. The alleged abuse, according to the indictment, began as far back as 1992 and has continued until his January arrest.

Overholt’s wife, Ruth, has been operating a home daycare for years.


During questioning Friday by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling Overholt admitted he told Bowles on the night of January 30 that he knew his actions were illegal and he would rather take the fall now and make it to heaven. When Guiling asked Overholt if he had been struggling with this for sometime now his answer was “yes”.

Bowles also took the stand and gave a descriptive account of what happened during the late hours of January 29 and the early morning hours that followed. Bowles told of how he was called to the Medical Center at approximately 10:16 p.m. on Jan. 29 about a possible child sexual abuse case.

He said when he arrived at the hospital he spoke with the hospital staff, the emergency physician and the parents of the alleged four-year-old victim who had told her parents Overholt had touched her sexually.

Upon hearing what he thought was enough to open a case against Overholt, Bowels went to Overholt’s home at approximately 12 a.m. He said he asked Overholt to come to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department with him to talk. Bowles said he wanted to go to the Sheriff’s Department because he wanted to tape the conversation and that was the only place in the county he knew was set up for that. Bowles testified that he did not force Overholt, who drove himself, to come with him.

Bowles further testified that he told Overholt repeatedly that he was there voluntarily and could leave at any time because he wasn’t under arrest.

When questioned by attorney Wheeler, Overholt he said he felt he didn’t have a choice but to go with Bowles because he thought the police would come after him if he didn’t. Overholt did agree under cross-examination by Guiling that Bowles told him he wasn’t under arrest while interviewing him.

Bowles said Overholt immediately started talking when they sat down in the interview. He said he asked few questions and just let him talk. Bowles admitted he was surprised at Overholt’s confession.

“Overholt freely told me he was doing this because he would rather answer now and be punished rather than not get into Heaven,” said Bowles, adding that Overholt said it was a weight off his shoulders.

“I was overwhelmed,” said Bowles who taped the interview. The tape was entered into evidence.

Bowles said Overholt began telling of other victims but was having trouble recalling their names. Trooper Bowles said he left the interview room and upon returning arrested Overholt because he felt he had confessed to a felony. He said he took him immediately to the Logan County Detention Center.

Both the Commonwealth and the defense will have to submit a memorandum of support to Circuit Court Judge Tyler Gill by Aug. 4. Gill will then decide on Wheeler’s motion to suppress Overholt’s confession.

Overholt has plead not guilty to 149 counts of sexual abuse against a child less than 12 years of age. A jury trial has been set for Sept. 8. Overholt is still being lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Merlin Overholt – Child Sexual Predator – Whining Pedophile


Merlin Overholt took the stand in a Logan County Courtroom Friday during a suppression hearing to determine if a taped confession by Overholt can be used by the Commonwealth in its case against him.

Overholt’s Attorney Stewart Wheeler made the motion to suppress his client’s confession on June 30 saying Kentucky State Trooper Brad Bowles who conducted the interview did not read Overholt his Miranda rights before interviewing him.

According to Bowles, he was not required to Mirandize Overholt before the interview because he had not placed him under arrest at that time.

Overholt was arrested in January and again in February on numerous charges of sexual crimes against children under the age of 12 and was indicted on 149 counts ranging from rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of incest.

According to the indictment, there are 10 children under the age of 12 involved in the case, which is still being investigated by the Kentucky State Police. The alleged abuse, according to the indictment, began as far back as 1992 and has continued until his January arrest.

Overholt’s wife, Ruth, has been operating a home daycare for years.


During questioning Friday by Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling Overholt admitted he told Bowles on the night of January 30 that he knew his actions were illegal and he would rather take the fall now and make it to heaven. When Guiling asked Overholt if he had been struggling with this for sometime now his answer was “yes”.

Bowles also took the stand and gave a descriptive account of what happened during the late hours of January 29 and the early morning hours that followed. Bowles told of how he was called to the Medical Center at approximately 10:16 p.m. on Jan. 29 about a possible child sexual abuse case.

He said when he arrived at the hospital he spoke with the hospital staff, the emergency physician and the parents of the alleged four-year-old victim who had told her parents Overholt had touched her sexually.

Upon hearing what he thought was enough to open a case against Overholt, Bowels went to Overholt’s home at approximately 12 a.m. He said he asked Overholt to come to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department with him to talk. Bowles said he wanted to go to the Sheriff’s Department because he wanted to tape the conversation and that was the only place in the county he knew was set up for that. Bowles testified that he did not force Overholt, who drove himself, to come with him.

Bowles further testified that he told Overholt repeatedly that he was there voluntarily and could leave at any time because he wasn’t under arrest.

When questioned by attorney Wheeler, Overholt he said he felt he didn’t have a choice but to go with Bowles because he thought the police would come after him if he didn’t. Overholt did agree under cross-examination by Guiling that Bowles told him he wasn’t under arrest while interviewing him.

Bowles said Overholt immediately started talking when they sat down in the interview. He said he asked few questions and just let him talk. Bowles admitted he was surprised at Overholt’s confession.

“Overholt freely told me he was doing this because he would rather answer now and be punished rather than not get into Heaven,” said Bowles, adding that Overholt said it was a weight off his shoulders.

“I was overwhelmed,” said Bowles who taped the interview. The tape was entered into evidence.

Bowles said Overholt began telling of other victims but was having trouble recalling their names. Trooper Bowles said he left the interview room and upon returning arrested Overholt because he felt he had confessed to a felony. He said he took him immediately to the Logan County Detention Center.

Both the Commonwealth and the defense will have to submit a memorandum of support to Circuit Court Judge Tyler Gill by Aug. 4. Gill will then decide on Wheeler’s motion to suppress Overholt’s confession.

Overholt has plead not guilty to 149 counts of sexual abuse against a child less than 12 years of age. A jury trial has been set for Sept. 8. Overholt is still being lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Thomas Edwin Russell – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Predator

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator”

“He never showed any remorse”

A 53-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of pre-teenage girls and terroristic threatening.

Thomas Edwin Russell, 53, of Springdale was sentenced to a total of 65 years – 35 years in the Department of Correction and 30 years suspended. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of terroristic threatening. Russell was charged Nov. 21 with eight counts of rape and five counts of terroristic threatening. He is accused of raping pre-teenage girls between April 2006 and November 2007. He is also accused of threatening to kill a victim if she told anyone what he did.

Russell agreed to the negotiated plea after 4th Judicial Circuit Judge William Storey ruled last week that Russell’s previous conviction and an allegation of sexual assault could be presented as evidence at trial.

Russell was convicted in 1985 of the sexual assault of a 9-yearold girl in Washington County. Russell was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the crime.

After his release from prison in 1999, Russell was accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Camden in 2000. This case was not prosecuted at the request of the victim’s family, but the victim’s testimony at a revocation hearing sent Russell back to prison on a probation violation, Chreea Stanimirovic, 4 th Judicial District deputy prosecutor, said.

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator,” Stanimirovic said.

During sentencing, he never showed any remorse, even when the victim read her impact statement, she said.

“He never said he was sorry,” she said. “He never said anything.”

Russell was sentenced under a statue that typically requires convicted sex offenders to serve their entire sentence if they are convicted of a new offense, Stanimirovic said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Thomas Edwin Russell – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Predator

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator”

“He never showed any remorse”

A 53-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of pre-teenage girls and terroristic threatening.

Thomas Edwin Russell, 53, of Springdale was sentenced to a total of 65 years – 35 years in the Department of Correction and 30 years suspended. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of terroristic threatening. Russell was charged Nov. 21 with eight counts of rape and five counts of terroristic threatening. He is accused of raping pre-teenage girls between April 2006 and November 2007. He is also accused of threatening to kill a victim if she told anyone what he did.

Russell agreed to the negotiated plea after 4th Judicial Circuit Judge William Storey ruled last week that Russell’s previous conviction and an allegation of sexual assault could be presented as evidence at trial.

Russell was convicted in 1985 of the sexual assault of a 9-yearold girl in Washington County. Russell was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the crime.

After his release from prison in 1999, Russell was accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Camden in 2000. This case was not prosecuted at the request of the victim’s family, but the victim’s testimony at a revocation hearing sent Russell back to prison on a probation violation, Chreea Stanimirovic, 4 th Judicial District deputy prosecutor, said.

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator,” Stanimirovic said.

During sentencing, he never showed any remorse, even when the victim read her impact statement, she said.

“He never said he was sorry,” she said. “He never said anything.”

Russell was sentenced under a statue that typically requires convicted sex offenders to serve their entire sentence if they are convicted of a new offense, Stanimirovic said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Thomas Edwin Russell – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Predator

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator”

“He never showed any remorse”

A 53-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of pre-teenage girls and terroristic threatening.

Thomas Edwin Russell, 53, of Springdale was sentenced to a total of 65 years – 35 years in the Department of Correction and 30 years suspended. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of terroristic threatening. Russell was charged Nov. 21 with eight counts of rape and five counts of terroristic threatening. He is accused of raping pre-teenage girls between April 2006 and November 2007. He is also accused of threatening to kill a victim if she told anyone what he did.

Russell agreed to the negotiated plea after 4th Judicial Circuit Judge William Storey ruled last week that Russell’s previous conviction and an allegation of sexual assault could be presented as evidence at trial.

Russell was convicted in 1985 of the sexual assault of a 9-yearold girl in Washington County. Russell was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the crime.

After his release from prison in 1999, Russell was accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Camden in 2000. This case was not prosecuted at the request of the victim’s family, but the victim’s testimony at a revocation hearing sent Russell back to prison on a probation violation, Chreea Stanimirovic, 4 th Judicial District deputy prosecutor, said.

“This guy is a true pedophile – a true predator,” Stanimirovic said.

During sentencing, he never showed any remorse, even when the victim read her impact statement, she said.

“He never said he was sorry,” she said. “He never said anything.”

Russell was sentenced under a statue that typically requires convicted sex offenders to serve their entire sentence if they are convicted of a new offense, Stanimirovic said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

John Arthur Thomas – Repeat Sex Offender – Nabbed by Hero

Hakiem Bostic didn’t think twice about collaring a man who turned out to be a registered sex offender.

“I didn’t need a Red Bull,” he said. “My adrenaline was pumping.”

All he knew was that the boy in front of him said the man had made him feel uncomfortable on the light rail train.

That it appeared the man had looked at him below the waist.

That he offered him $20.

Then the boy pointed out that the man apparently had followed him from the train to the gas station where Bostic was emptying garbage cans.

That’s all Bostic, the 41-year-old owner of Clean-N-Sweep Janitorial, needed. He was on the run after the man, confronting him as the man crouched down apparently in an attempt to hide at a nearby church.

“I’d rather not say what I said,” Bostic said Tuesday, “But it was something to the effect: ‘You are coming with me. If you try to run off I’m whuppin’ you. I know I can run faster than you.'”

The man wanted to apologize to the boy. But Bostic would have none of that.

Bostic called police, who praised him Tuesday for protecting the 14-year-old.

Police said the boy was riding a Regional Transit light rail train at about 9 a.m. Friday when he was allegedly approached by John Arthur Thomas, 45, of Sacramento.

Thomas asked the boy “What would you do for $20?” and made several sexually suggestive gestures, said Sacramento police Officer Konrad Von Schoech said.

“The kid felt this guy was propositioning him for sex,” Von Schoech said.

The exchange prompted the boy to exit the light rail before reaching his planned stop, and he saw Thomas follow him off the train.

The boy then ran across the street to the gas station at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road, Von Schoech said. Bostic said the worried boy was small for his age.

Police lauded the boy for his actions and willingness to tell an adult.

“Turns out, (Thomas) is a registered sex offender who has a history of doing this,” police spokesman Von Schoech said.

Thomas has a prior conviction of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to online Megan’s Law information.

“We’re so thankful we have community members like this,” Von Schoech said.

Bostic said he has caught thieves stealing from his neighbors – a window screen, tires and recyclables. But nothing like this.

“I’d do it again immediately,” he said. “I’ve got grandkids and daughters. I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

John Arthur Thomas – Repeat Sex Offender – Nabbed by Hero

Hakiem Bostic didn’t think twice about collaring a man who turned out to be a registered sex offender.

“I didn’t need a Red Bull,” he said. “My adrenaline was pumping.”

All he knew was that the boy in front of him said the man had made him feel uncomfortable on the light rail train.

That it appeared the man had looked at him below the waist.

That he offered him $20.

Then the boy pointed out that the man apparently had followed him from the train to the gas station where Bostic was emptying garbage cans.

That’s all Bostic, the 41-year-old owner of Clean-N-Sweep Janitorial, needed. He was on the run after the man, confronting him as the man crouched down apparently in an attempt to hide at a nearby church.

“I’d rather not say what I said,” Bostic said Tuesday, “But it was something to the effect: ‘You are coming with me. If you try to run off I’m whuppin’ you. I know I can run faster than you.'”

The man wanted to apologize to the boy. But Bostic would have none of that.

Bostic called police, who praised him Tuesday for protecting the 14-year-old.

Police said the boy was riding a Regional Transit light rail train at about 9 a.m. Friday when he was allegedly approached by John Arthur Thomas, 45, of Sacramento.

Thomas asked the boy “What would you do for $20?” and made several sexually suggestive gestures, said Sacramento police Officer Konrad Von Schoech said.

“The kid felt this guy was propositioning him for sex,” Von Schoech said.

The exchange prompted the boy to exit the light rail before reaching his planned stop, and he saw Thomas follow him off the train.

The boy then ran across the street to the gas station at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road, Von Schoech said. Bostic said the worried boy was small for his age.

Police lauded the boy for his actions and willingness to tell an adult.

“Turns out, (Thomas) is a registered sex offender who has a history of doing this,” police spokesman Von Schoech said.

Thomas has a prior conviction of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to online Megan’s Law information.

“We’re so thankful we have community members like this,” Von Schoech said.

Bostic said he has caught thieves stealing from his neighbors – a window screen, tires and recyclables. But nothing like this.

“I’d do it again immediately,” he said. “I’ve got grandkids and daughters. I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

John Arthur Thomas – Repeat Sex Offender – Nabbed by Hero

Hakiem Bostic didn’t think twice about collaring a man who turned out to be a registered sex offender.

“I didn’t need a Red Bull,” he said. “My adrenaline was pumping.”

All he knew was that the boy in front of him said the man had made him feel uncomfortable on the light rail train.

That it appeared the man had looked at him below the waist.

That he offered him $20.

Then the boy pointed out that the man apparently had followed him from the train to the gas station where Bostic was emptying garbage cans.

That’s all Bostic, the 41-year-old owner of Clean-N-Sweep Janitorial, needed. He was on the run after the man, confronting him as the man crouched down apparently in an attempt to hide at a nearby church.

“I’d rather not say what I said,” Bostic said Tuesday, “But it was something to the effect: ‘You are coming with me. If you try to run off I’m whuppin’ you. I know I can run faster than you.'”

The man wanted to apologize to the boy. But Bostic would have none of that.

Bostic called police, who praised him Tuesday for protecting the 14-year-old.

Police said the boy was riding a Regional Transit light rail train at about 9 a.m. Friday when he was allegedly approached by John Arthur Thomas, 45, of Sacramento.

Thomas asked the boy “What would you do for $20?” and made several sexually suggestive gestures, said Sacramento police Officer Konrad Von Schoech said.

“The kid felt this guy was propositioning him for sex,” Von Schoech said.

The exchange prompted the boy to exit the light rail before reaching his planned stop, and he saw Thomas follow him off the train.

The boy then ran across the street to the gas station at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road, Von Schoech said. Bostic said the worried boy was small for his age.

Police lauded the boy for his actions and willingness to tell an adult.

“Turns out, (Thomas) is a registered sex offender who has a history of doing this,” police spokesman Von Schoech said.

Thomas has a prior conviction of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to online Megan’s Law information.

“We’re so thankful we have community members like this,” Von Schoech said.

Bostic said he has caught thieves stealing from his neighbors – a window screen, tires and recyclables. But nothing like this.

“I’d do it again immediately,” he said. “I’ve got grandkids and daughters. I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte