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.