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Crime & Courts

Sex offender found armed near school, park

SYCAMORE – A registered sex offender taking a break from a motorcycle trip at a Waterman park Wednesday found himself taking a detour to DeKalb County jail.

Waterman police said they found Christoper M. Sowers, 27, of the 2300 block of Horeb Avenue, Zion, in the 400 block of South Birch Street with a knife and a hatchet. The street is bordered by Indian Creek Middle School and Waterman Lions Park. Children were present on school grounds, according to court records.

Sowers was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful presence within a public park and unlawful presence within a school zone. His bail was set at $10,000, which requires posting $1,000 to be released while the case is pending.

According to court records, a Waterman police officer noticed Sowers as he parked his motorcycle at the street, ran his license plate and discovered Sowers was a registered sex offender. The officer searched Sowers and found a knife that was 5 3/4 inches long and a hatchet in his possession, court records show.

Sowers told the officer he was taking a break from a road trip and the weapons were for his protection, court records show. He was arrested about 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, court records show.

Sowers had previously been convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a person under 9 and is classified as a sexual predator.

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