A registered sex offender who was arrested twice last year while interacting with minors at Sullivan city parks was charged Monday.
A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Christopher Daniel Lee Respress, 30. He was charged with one felony count of serving as a coach while a sex offender; and two felony counts of being within 500 feet of a park with a playground as a sex offender.
Prosecutors requested a $10,000 bond. Court records list him as homeless.
According to reports, Respress was convicted of the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old girl in 2009 in Illinois.
Restrictions as a sex offender prohibit Respress from coaching or being within 500 feet of a public park.
According to the probable cause statement filed by Sullivan police in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, June 28, 2017, officers responded to Jim Bottomley Park, located off North Park Street, where they located Respress on a baseball field during a youth game.
He was wearing a T-shirt with “COACH” printed on the back. He was standing near first base, police said. According to Sullivan police, Respress told officers he was not aware that he couldn’t coach as a registered sex offender.
About four hours later, a Sullivan police officer saw the suspect playing basketball at the same park with three other people, including a minor. The man was again arrested on the same charges.