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Local Sex Offender Caught at Washington County Fair


A local sex offender almost got a job at the Washington County Fair.
Fair ride officials say he gave a fake name.

Many people get temporary jobs for the duration of the Washington County Fair. Ride officials say, one local man came up asking for a job.

"He was put on the ride, and we were doing a background check, and before our background check came, one of the local officers recognized the actual offender, and brought it to our attention and we got him off the ride immediately," said Ride Superintendent, Jamie Wright.

Wright says the man gave him a fake name and a fake ID. The man's name is James Gregory Harris Jr. but he told Wright his name was James Marshall. Wright says he runs background checks with all his employees.

"We still hadn't gotten the results back though, that was the thing, and even if we had, with a fake name, it would have never came up. Thank god, the Washington County Sheriff's were on their job and recognized him immediately and took care of the problem," said Wright.

Sgt. Scott Parks with the Washington County Sheriff's Office worked the case and says, there is a listing of local sex offenders in the area online and he wants people to be aware of that.

"The big thing is, is just awareness. For everyone out there, we do have, all of our registered orientated sexual offenders. There is a website the sheriff's office has, that has all of these offenders pictures, details about them, their current registered address, things of that nature," said Sgt. Parks.

The ride company says after this incident they have changed their policy.

"We actually changed our company policy to where anyone that is local, we pull into a town that wants a job, they are not allowed to be inside of our fence, or touching a ride until they are run by the local sheriff's department," said Wright.

The fair board is also taking precautionary measures to make sure next year this will not happen again.

"So, we are going to talk with the ride companies that we are going to look at for next year and see what they do to hire their own employees, make sure they are checked and then anybody that comes on the ground, looking for jobs check them out first before we allow them to be down with the rides," said Sandra Hickey, Washington County Fair Board Treasurer.

Ride officials says Harris was only working the ride for 30 minutes before he was arrested.

Harris was charged with failure to register under a new address as a sexual offender and non compliance of periodic address verification as a sexual offender.


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