Police stop violent sex offender with 5 young children in car

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 1:36 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2016 at 1:53 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A violent sex offender was stopped by police with five children in his car—none of them were his.

Police said Jerome Sawyer, a registered sex offender who is listed as a violent sex offender for aggravated sexual battery, was stopped on Ridgeway Road south of Winchester Road for not having a seat belt.

Officers found two boys and three girls, ages five to 11, inside the car.

Sawyer told police he was on the sex offender registry for assaulting three children ages six and seven in 1999 and 1987.

Sawyer told police the children in the car were not his. He told police he had been at a park on the same property as Winridge Elementary.

Officers also found two small pairs of white and pink underwear under the driver's seat.

Sawyer was arrested and charged with violation of child restraint, violation of seat belt law and violation of sex offender registry act.

Police contacted the children's parents and the Department of Children's Services.

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