Registered sex offender arrested after visiting elementary school

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HEBER CITY (News4Utah)- Students at J.R. Smith Elementary school are safe thanks to attentive staff members.

Police say on Tuesday afternoon the staff at the school noticed a man that had entered the school was a registered sex offender. 

Officers quickly responded and took the man, Bruce Chatwin, into custody.

A notice posted on the school’s website explained the incident a bit further.

Chatwin was reportedly at the school with his girlfriend and her daughter at the time of the incident. School officials say they were visiting the daughter’s teacher and dropping off homework.

“State law indicates that registered sex offenders are only allowed to visit school if they have a biological child, a child of whom they are a legal guardian of, at the school and follow certain protocols,” the letter said.

Officials say Chatwin does not have children attending the school. He was booked into Wasatch County Jail for violating the terms of the sex offender registration agreement.

In 2005, Chatwin was found guilty of sexual abuse of a child. In 2014 he was found guilty for failing to register as a sex offender, according to court documents. 

Heber City Police say this is a perfect reminder to know your neighborhood. Check the sex offender registry here.

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