Jeffrey Thomas Partlow – Repeat Sex Offender –

A 38-year-old registered sex offender is facing charges of loitering near a school and resisting police.

Norton Shores police arrested Jeffrey Thomas Partlow, of 68 E. Lincoln, Muskegon Heights, at his parents’ home on Wednesday.

The parents’ residence, 1637 Lawnel, is near Mona Shores Middle School, 1700 Woodside. The Lawnel address is not Partlow’s registered residence, according to police.

Norton Shores Detective Tony Nanna said a school bus stop also is three houses down from the parents’ home.

Partlow previously had been warned about being in the area of the middle school and Campbell Elementary School, 1355 Greenwich, in Roosevelt Park, police said.

Norton Shores police contacts with Partlow, who has a 2000 conviction in West Virginia for indecent acts with a child, began last December. Nanna said Partlow was told he could visit his parents, but couldn’t walk around the neighborhood.

However, Partlow started “hanging around” his parents’ home, including taking their dog for walks around the area. Nanna said he also stayed at his parents’ home when they were out of town.

This year, when school started, neighbors began having “issues with him showing up right before the school bus arrived and when the kids got off the bus,” Nanna said. “Multiple kids in the neighborhood would see him watching in the window as they got off and on the bus.”

Police this week obtained a misdemeanor warrant charging Partlow with violating the student safety zone (coming within 1,000 feet of a school), which is a one-year misdemeanor.

When police went to arrest him at his parents’ house, he allegedly pushed officers and resisted being put into a police cruiser. That earned him a charge of resisting and obstructing police, a two-year felony.

He was arraigned Thursday before 60th District Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes, who set bail totaling $30,000 cash or surety. If bond is posted, he is to have no contact, direct or indirect, with any minor child.

Preliminary examination on the felony charge was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 6, and pretrial for the misdemeanor offense for Dec. 18.

“Multiple kids in the neighborhood would see him watching in the window as they got off and on the bus.” — Norton Shores Detective Tony Nanna.

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

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