An Alabama grandfather is behind bars after being accused by parents at a pediatrician’s office of becoming too familiar with the young patients.
According to WTVM, Gary Lynn Morgan, a registered sex offender, began behaving suspiciously in the waiting area of Phenix City’s Preferred Medical Group care facility last week.
Amanda Bradshaw, a representative of the facility, said that Morgan — who spent nearly three years in a West Virginia prison after being convicted of sexually abusing two underage girls — allegedly “kind of wandered around our lobby talking to various children and asked them questions such as, ‘where do you go to school?’, ‘what is your home address?’, ‘what is your phone number?’”
In one case, Bradshaw said, Morgan “was reaching out to the child with his hands and he kept asking if the child would like to come to him and sit in his lap, and the mom said, ‘No!’”
At this point, staff decided to check the National Sex Offender Registry, and after entering his name, used the photograph accompanying his entry to identify him.
Doctor Ritu Chandra immediately called the police, who arrested Morgan.
Facility representative Bradshaw told WTVM that she “thought, ‘in no way would it be legal for a registered or unregistered sex offender to be on our property.’” However, Alabama law allows registered sex offenders to visit pediatricians so long as they have a valid excuse.
Morgan told police he was there to take his grandson for a check-up.
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