Sex Offender Caught Taking 14-year-old to School Dance

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - A convicted sex offender remains behind bars today after the 25-year-old man, posing as a teenager, was caught taking a 14-year-old girl to a dance Friday night at her middle school.

Athens Middle School teachers stopped Gregory Ray Brooks at the gym door because he appeared to be much older than his date at the dance.

Athens Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. praised faculty members for doing an excellent job of monitoring who was coming in to the gym.

Athens Police said Brooks was convicted in Limestone County in May 2004 for first-degree sodomy on an 8-year-old victim. Brooks was charged with public intoxication and failure to comply with the community notification act by loitering on school property.

Brooks reportedly ran from the school and was found at a nearby coin laundry.

He's being held in the Limestone County Jail on $500 bond for the public intoxication charge and $5,000 bond on the community notification charge.

Police said the teen did not know Brooks was a sex offender and her mother came to get her at the dance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    How do you not notice that your date is 25,girls that age do that all the time there heads get filled up with all this nonsense thinking there cool couse there dating someone older there parents need to know who there with know what they're doing only a sick man would do any thing to an 8 year old.
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