By Jean Cole
Police officers cruising through an Athens motel parking lot Thursday night led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender for failing to have his identification available as required by state law.
Athens Police officers Ben Garrett and reserve officer Mike Owens were patrolling on U.S. 31 South about 8 p.m. when they drove through the Town and Country Motel lot, Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.
The officers saw a child running down the sidewalk toward a group of people, so they stopped to talk with the parents, Johnson said. While talking with several people, the officers found one man - Joshua Marc Hendon, 29, of 21010 Carey Road - who did not have his identification, the chief said. When officers checked the man for warrants, a dispatcher advised that the man was a registered sex offender, Johnson said.
Because Alabama law requires every adult sex offender to have a valid drivers license or identification card in their possession, Hendon was arrested on a charge of adult sex offender-violation of identification requirements. He was booked at the police department and transferred to the Limestone County Jail.
State records show Hendon was arrested in 2009 and convicted in 2010 on a charge of enticing a child. The victim was a 14-year-old Limestone County girl.