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Registered sex offender working at Chesterfield County Fair


The ax-wielding lumberjack known as "Crazy Bob" on stage is known as Robert Pendleton on the Wisconsin sex offender registry. Pendleton was performing at the Chesterfield County Fair until fair officials shut his act down Tuesday night.

While it is legal for Pendleton to work around children and travel from state to state, fair officials say they do not want to be associated with Pendleton. As soon as NBC12 alerted them to Pendleton's status as a sex offender, he was escorted off the property.

Pendleton was convicted in 1995 of having sex with a child between the ages of 13 to 15 years old. He served jail time and was on probation.

Now, it is legal for Pendleton to work with children and travel around the country.

NBC12 reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In an email, their spokesman told us:

"Mr. Pendleton is no longer under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and as such, does not have any travel restrictions. 

As it appears that he is working outside of Wisconsin, I cannot speculate on how if at all those respective States may regulate his or other convicted child sex offenders' employment." 

According to Wisconsin law, child sex offenders who are prohibited from working with children must be convicted of "certain serious sex crimes." Pendleton's conviction of second-degree sexual assault on a child does not fall into that category.

NBC12 also reached out to Pendleton's employer, Great Lakes Timber Show, who wasn't aware of his past. They fired the lumberjack show host Tuesday night.

NBC12 caught up with Pendleton after his show and asked what he says to worried parents.

"I am not a pedophile and I'm not doing anything illegal," Pendleton said. "I completely apologize about this being issue but I am not a danger to this community."

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