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Sex offender charged with being in Woodstock school zone

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014 1:47 p.m. CDT
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Edward J. Johnson

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man has been charged with unlawful presence within a school zone by a child sex offender, the police department said in a news release.

On Tuesday, registered sex offender Edward J. Johnson, 42, went on to the Northwood Middle School property with the intention picking up the child of a family friend, police said.

The family of the student previously requested Johnson pick up their child from school, police said in the news release.

However, under state law, child sex offenders are not allowed on school property unless it is for specific and certain school-related functions, such as teacher conferences. The sex offender also needs prior approval from the school, the police department said.

Johnson was taken to the McHenry County Jail, but he has since been released on $10,000 bond.

- Northwest Herald

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