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Police: Sex Offender Arrested on School Property

Prince William County Police said that the man was charged for being on property

Prince William County Police charged a registered sex offender Wednesday after he was allegedly on church grounds where a home school program was being conducted. 

Prince William County police responded to the scene at 2 p.m. on Oct 24 at Old Bridge United Methodist Church for a call about a "sex offender on school property." 

"The investigation revealed that the accused was inside the church while there was a home school program being conducted," said Prince William County Police public information officer Jonathan Perok in a news release. "The accused was participating in a separate, unrelated program at the church which was being held at the same time. Afterwards the accused was assisting with cleanup and entered one of the school classrooms occupied by seven children."

Police reports said that Joseph Thurman Gordon Jr., 63, "did not interact with any of the children, only the adult teacher present."

"Police were called when the accused encountered another church patron in the parking lot," said Perok in a release. "Officers arrived and confirmed the accused was a registered sex offender and, as part of the registry, was not allowed on the premises during school or daycare hours."

According to the Virginia state sex offender registry, Gordon was convicted in 1993 for aggravated sexual battery. 

Gordon was charged Wednesday with sex offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property

Gordon's court date is set for Jan. 2, he was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond. 

Editor's Note: The above information was provided by the Prince William County Police. Where arrests or charges are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction. 

BarT October 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Are not churches the "home" to the original leper? The outcast? Abandoned? Forsaken? Remember while on the cross, Jesus took a convicted criminal to paradise with him that day, not a "good" person, like all the ones in the above article.
lynda October 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Regardless of turning the other cheek... a registered sex offender charged/convicted of aggravated assault to a minor based on VA statures should be NOWHERE near children in any environment including church grounds when children are present.
lisa October 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Honestly yes the church is supposed to be a place for all who worship I find it disgracefull there is a stature that keeps anyone from church , all part of the hysteria put into the public by politicians so they can have a voter plateform since most of the politicians dont do anything anyway other than spend our money on prostitutes first class trips etc.... and to Linda , really a person who has already paid there price to society and he isnt ok to go to church but your ok with that murdered who attends a church or that gang member there ? Its ok because the big man upstairs see's all and go ahead and pass your judgement becuase one day you will be judged the good book says judge not let ye be judged yourself ... good luck with that one Linda !

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