Registered sex offender caught trying to enter school

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County Schools were able to catch a registered sex offender trying to get inside a middle school thanks to some new technology.

Chesterfield schools have installed a new security system that allows them to check for your name on sex offender databases before you're allowed inside the school. That's how one local registered sex offender ended up under arrest.

It's not enough to show your ID to get into a Chesterfield school.

"As soon as someone comes into our school, we scan their ID," said Shawn Smith, spokesman for Chesterfield County Public Schools. "We collect that information. One added check is that if they are on the sex offender registry, we immediately get a notice that there is a match there."

Registered sex offenders are not allowed to visit schools. A discrete message will pop up on the computer screen if someone that doesn't belong is trying to get in.

"We don't make the determination why someone would want to come on to the campus," Smith said. "But if they're not supposed to be on campus, we're immediately notified and can have them removed from campus."

Smith and other Chesterfield School employees receive text and email alerts. They then call police.

This is how Jayvon Bass was caught at Manchester Middle School. He was convicted of rape in Richmond back in 2003. Police say he was with a friend, trying to visit that friend's child last week.

Fortunately in this particular case, Chesterfield Police say they do not believe Bass was here with any bad intentions.

Chesterfield school officials say they've had about a dozen cases in the last year or so where a registered sex offender has tried to sign in and visit a school.

"In the times we live in, we have to have these security measures and have electronic needs so that we know immediately when someone is on campus," Smith said.

Bass has been charged with entering a school after being convicted of a sex crime. That's a felony and carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.

Henrico schools also has a similar system in place to track visitors to its schools.

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