A Madison County grand jury has indicted a convicted sex offender found living near three day care centers in Berea with failing to comply with proper sex offender registration, a charge he has been convicted of before.

Bobby Brown, 72, was arrested Aug. 14 after complaints about inappropriate behavior were called into the Berea Police Department by a vigilant citizen.

Brown was indicted by the grand jury on Friday with a charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration, subsequent offense, which is a Class C felony, “by knowingly failing to report that he had changed his address.”

The indictment also notes that Brown has “previously been convicted of the same offense in Rockcastle Circuit Court in 2007.

Brown, a “move-in” sex offender from North Carolina, allegedly had been living at The Holiday Motel for about two weeks when his actions became suspicious.

“The manager from the hotel came into the police station and said Brown had been making sexual advances to housekeepers,” Berea Police Sgt. LeeAnn Roberts said during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Madison District Court. “She (the manager) also said that he had, at one point, picked up a picture of her 10-year-old granddaughter and said, ‘I need a woman like her.’”

The unnamed manager then checked her suspicions about Brown’s unsavory behavior on the Internet.

“She got upset,” Roberts said. “She went online and looked for him on the sex offender data base and he was there.”

Brown’s originally sexual misconduct charge was from North Carolina, where he was convicted for indecent liberties with a minor.

Brown had filed a request to move back to North Carolina on June 27 of this year, Roberts said. Brown’s address on the Kentucky Sex Offender Database was listed as that North Carolina address.

When he was found at The Holiday Motel, it was clear that by living in that area, Brown was non-compliant with standards set forth for sex offenders.

“There are at least three day cares within the vicinity of the motel,” Roberts said.

Police then detained Brown at the station where he was questioned for a short time before being taken from the police station to St. Joseph Medical Center after complaining of chest pains.

“He said, ‘I know that I’ve done wrong,’” Roberts said. “At that point we had to contact an ambulance.”

Capt. Ken Clark said Brown was released shortly thereafter from the medical care facility.

Brown is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on $2,500 cash bond.

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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