Jonathan Eric Kelly (inset) is a convicted sex offender-violent against children. Police arrested him this week for being in a place where children are present.
April 18, 2019 – Dunlap police have arrested Jonathan Eric Kelly, 38, of Dunlap for being in Harris Park, because his status as a convicted sex offender prohibits him from being in places frequented by children.
Police were alerted to Kelly's presence in the park Tuesday, April 16, by a woman who recognized him and confronted him about being there.
According to Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth, Kelly rode up to the park pavilion on a bicycle.
“He was near the playground area,” Huth said. “This woman sees Kelly ride up on his bicycle. She recognized him and knew he was a sex offender. She calls 911, and then she tells him he has to leave.”
When officers arrived, Kelly had already left the park. Although they checked his residence on Acorn Street, they were unable to locate him until Thursday morning, when officers found him in the area of Hickory Street. In a subsequent interview with Detective Robert Raber, Kelly admitted he had been at the park.
“Kelly is currently on lifetime supervision with the Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole,” Chief Huth said. “Kelly was last arrested by local officers in January of 2018 when he was observed on school property by Sequatchie County Sheriff's Det. Clifford Camp. Kelly was released from prison on this offense in January of 2019.”
Kelly, who is classified as a Violent Against Children Sex Offender, was arrested today for violating the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry and transported to the Sequatchie County Jail. He is currently being held without bond.
Kelly served time in prison on his original conviction for aggravated sexual battery of a child.