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Sex Offender Arrested At Iowa Fairgrounds

DAVENPORT, Iowa, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A convicted sex offender was arrested after greeting children and families outside an Iowa fairground in the costume of a popular TV character, police said.

James Lester Rogers was arrested at the entrance of the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa, because as a convicted sex offender he is not allowed to be around children or on fairgrounds, KWQC-TV, Davenport, reported Monday.

Rogers, wearing a costume similar to Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, was arrested when he took off the head of the costume to say “hello” to a former parole supervisor, who recognized Rogers and knew he had been convicted of committing sexual acts against a minor.

Rogers was working for a company called Q.C. Characters that was not employed by the fair and was simply taking advantage of the incoming crowds to do some free advertising, KWQC-TV said.

The owner of Q.C. Characters apologized to the community.

“I should have took my time, and done a background check but … you learn from your mistakes,” the owner, who asked not to be identified, said.

Police say Rogers could face a maximum of two years in prison for being at the fair in the costume.

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