Registered Sex Offender Arrested at Park

A registered sex offender is cited for loitering near Eagle Brook Park.

Geneva police arrested Paul C. Dodds, 37, of Geneva on charges that he is a registered child sex offender who “knowingly and unlawfully was present on the real property comprising Eagle Brook Park, 1915 Bent Tree Drive,” according to a complaint filed with the 16th Judicial Court.

The date of the offense is listed as June 17. The arrest was made Aug. 3.

Dodds has a court date of Sept. 4 at the Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

According to law, a registered child sex offender is not allowed to loiter within 500 feet of a public park.

The Kane County Sheriff's Department sex-offender page indicates that Dodds was convicted of possession of child pornography on July 20, 2001.

The Sheriff's Department website also has a number of tips and advice on sex-offender laws, including the following: 

Children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders. Open communication between parents and children is vital to family safety. If a picture is available from the local law enforcement's website, show it to your family. In general terms, tell your children that this person has hurt someone before. Explain to them that they should stay away from this individual. Avoid scary details. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chance of future victimization by better informing the public.

Miss M. August 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Everyone, especially families with children, should become very familiar with the KANE COUNTY SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY and check it often. A huge thank you to the person who was aware and reported this offender. http://www.kanesheriff.com/sexOffenderRegistry/default.aspx
MC Resident August 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
He was arrested on June 17 and we are just finding out about it now? Seems like something we should have learned about before two months had passed. Why can't there be any notification for neighbors and residents?
Max August 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Read it again: "The date of the offense is listed as June 17. The arrest was made Aug. 3." See, it only took about 2 weeks for us to get word of the arrest. It will take a month between arrest and his court date. I'd rather we come to understand why somebody not in custody is further restricted from normal activities for more than ten years after his offense? If he's that great a danger, why was he not put away for life? Perhaps even more importantly, why was he running free for 6 weeks after the "offense". On the other hand, he has not been (if this report is complete) charged with any unlawful contact with a minor, or an attempt to make such contact -- therefor, it would appear that his crime of looking at the wrong pictures (OMG!) is enough to take away his rights for EVER?


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