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Suspected pedophile reported at baseball game

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A suspicious male is being sought by police for attempting to make contact with young children and lure them away from their parents.

The incidents occurred Tuesday during Little League baseball games at Al Tahoe Elementary School from 5:30 to 6 p.m., the South Lake Tahoe Police Department reported.

Several children told their parents that a man was asking for their names and addresses while the children were at the playground. The man attempted to lure a 2-year-old boy away from his 8-year-old sister, saying he was going to take the child to see his older brother.

The 8-year-old refused and the man left.

The same man reportedly leered at a 6-year-old girl on the swing sets until her mom scared him away, followed a young boy to portable bathrooms and helped children when their swings were tangled by holding their bottoms and pushing them up, said Detective David Stevenson.

“These guys are very knowledgeable where the kids are hanging out,” Stevenson said. “These guys who are pedophiles do their homework and they know where to go. I wouldn’t take any extreme measures like chaining your kid to you, but just be aware.”

Police had a possible suspect but the lead fizzled. Parents who saw the man looked through the Megan’s Law computer base at the police station where registered sex offenders are listed but no matches were found.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown and gray short hair. He was wearing a green T-shirt, blue jeans and possibly had a knife in a sheath attached to his belt.

One child reported the man said his name was Nicholas.

Stevenson advised parents to allow their children to keep playing but look around frequently. Suspicious men are single and have no interest in the baseball games. If somebody matches the description of the subject, don’t make contact with the person but instead call the police department, police said.

“This is the kind of situation we take real seriously and we’ll send someone out in a hurry,” Stevenson said.


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