ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 40-year-old man traveling with multiple juvenile girls was arrested after police discovered during a traffic stop he was a registered sex offender out of Nevada and prohibited from being around children.
Court documents state Scott David Mock, a resident of Ivins, is due in court Thursday on one charge of misdemeanor sex offender in the presence of a child.
Documents state Mock was pulled over on October 15 for speeding. During the stop, police were able to identify four other occupants, three 14-year-old girls, and one 12-year-old girl.
A background check for Mock came back with a lifetime sex offender registry notification so the officer contacted Mock’s probation officer in Nevada who informed him Mock was not allowed to be within 1000 feet of anyone under the age of 18.
Public records indicate Mock was convicted of felony lewdness with a child under the age of 14 in April of 2003. Three months later, he was convicted of attempted sexual assault against a child under the age of 14.
Sgt. Reed Briggs with the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department said Mock needs written permission from parents to be around any child under the age of 14 or he would be violating his sex offender registration.
“He does need written permission from a family member. He has to declare that he’s a registered sex offender and have that written permission with him, and he did not have that with him when he was stopped,” Briggs said. “One of the juveniles was somehow related to the offender and the other girls in the vehicle were just there to get a ride from where they were going.”
Briggs added that he believes Mock did not harm any of the juveniles in any way.
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