POLICE: Sex offender dressed as "ghostbuster" shows up at Louisville school
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a Louisville sex offender after he showed up at a local school dressed as a character from the movie "Ghostbusters."
According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Oct. 14 at Beth Haven Christian School on Johnsontown Road, near Terry Road.
Police say 40-year-old Bryan Patrick Scott appeared on school property at 4 p.m. while a child volleyball game was taking place, dressed as a character from the movie "Ghostbusters."
He was allegedly taking photos with children, according to police. "He showed up on that day and was found taking pictures with children, on property and inside the building," says Sgt. Jack Jawor, with LMPD's Sex Crimes Unit.
According to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, Scott is a 20-year sex offender. Police also say he had not been invited to the school and did not have permission to be there. He also "is not allowed to be on the grounds of any high, middle or elementary school except with the advance written permission of the school principal or board."
According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry Web site, Scott has previously been convicted of possessing matter portraying the sexual performance of a minor.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 11. He was taken into custody on Monday morning.
On Tuesday afternoon, the school issued the following statement.
"We are very pleased to learn that the individual known as the 'ghostbuster' is now in the custody of the Louisville Metro Police and/or Corrections Department.
In mid-November, Sergeant Jawor of the Louisville Metro Police Department brought to the attention of Beth Haven Christian School administration that this individual had been present at one of our school events. Since that time, we have been working in full cooperation with Sergeant Jawor and the Louisville Metro Police Department in their efforts to find and apprehend this person. As it was an ongoing police investigation, we were not at liberty to disclose any information regarding the case and/or to discuss the same.
This individual, in no way, had been invited to or granted any special permission to attend any Beth Haven-sponsored event or function from any Beth Haven Christian School administration in any official or other capacity. The security and well being of our students, staff, parents and visiting competitors are of utmost importance to us at all times. We will continue to cooperate in any way possible with the Louisville Metro Police Department and other appropriate authorities as this issue proceeds through the judicial system."
The statement is signed by the school's board of directors.
Whether he was an invited guest or an intruder, police say doing just a little homework can always save you a lot of trouble. Sgt. Jawor explains, "If you are hiring someone out to come to some type of event or you're bringing someone in, take the time to find out who they are and run their name. You'd be very interested to find out if you just ran a five mile search around your house how many sex offenders are living near you."
Scott was booked into Metro Corrections, however, he was able to post a $1000 bond and was released late Tuesday afternoon.
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