Sex offender arrested for taking young girl into home, hiding her from police

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is in jail, accused of kidnapping a child and hiding her in his bedroom.

Officers were called to Jerome Sawyer's home Wednesday after someone saw the young girl being pulled into his house on Waring Road.

Police said Sawyer, a convicted sex offender, answered the door and said no one was inside.

Police checked Sawyer's background and saw he is a convicted sex offender from incidents in 1987 and 1989.

Officers checked the home and found and found the girl hiding behind the bed.

Detectives say she does not live at the home on Waring Road and she is not related to him.

Sawyer was taken into custody and charged with violating the sex offender registry.

"He seemed to be a good guy," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "That's all I know about him."

Sawyer was placed on Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry after his conviction of aggravated sexual battery in July 1987 and October of 1999.

According to court documents, Sawyer told police he was on the registry for assaulting three minors in the past.

He also violated the sex offender registry when he was pulled over in March 2016 with five kids in his car, who he says was not his.

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