CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A convicted sex offender in Clark County ended up back in jail after police said he lied about where he lived.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old David Irvin Blair for living within 1,000 feet of Clarksville Middle and High Schools.
Court records say officers found Blair asleep on a couch Wednesday morning in a condo at the Garden Court complex on Ettles Lane. The complex's proximity to the schools is a violation of the residency requirements for the sex offender registry.
Col. Scottie Maples from the Clark County Sheriff's Office said deputies regularly check on sex offenders.
"We are very proactive with our sex offenders, as far as compliancy (sic). If they miss one meeting, we're requesting warrants and then actively seeking to arrest them," Maples said. "In this instance right here, we received a tip, and we go out and check and see if he's there. We did check. He was there. We were able to charge him and put him in jail."
Court records say Blair molested a 12-year-old girl in 2003 when he was 19 years old. He is supposed to be on the sex offender watch list until 2022, after his 38th birthday.
"We still have kids walking back and forth to school here," said Al Williamson, a 79-year-old Gardens Court resident. "Anybody that does that kind of stupid stuff is concerning to me. It should be concerning to everybody."
Williamson, a retired firefighter and former Clark County reserve deputy, said he recognized Blair's tattoos when looking at a mug shot photo but he had no idea he had a child molesting conviction or lived in the building next to his home.
"I wasn't living there," Blair said to reporters as he entered a Clark County Circuit Courtroom for an initial hearing Friday.
He's charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a sex offender residency violation and failure to posses valid identification as a sex offender
"He was actually registered as homeless," Maples said. "We were able to prove he established residence there."
A check of his criminal history shows Blair keeps getting arrested and keeps getting probation. He's currently on probation for at least four different cases in the last two years. Charges include domestic battery and invasion of privacy. One of those cases was just sentenced two days before Blair's latest arrest.
Blair is being held with no bond as the court system figures out whether his latest arrest will spark probation violations in his other cases. He's due back in court Dec. 6.
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