HEBER CITY — A registered sex offender who was arrested Tuesday after police say he was spotted walking through the hallways of an elementary school has been charged with multiple counts of being in restricted areas in two different cases.
Bruce Chatwin, 42, of Heber City, was charged Thursday in 4th District Court with being a sex offender in a protected area, a class A misdemeanor, for Tuesday's incident. But he was also charged with four more counts of the same charge in a separate case.
Those other incidents allegedly occurred on Nov. 28, Nov. 30, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. Although charging documents do not specify the "protected area" for those cases, Heber City police have said that his visit on Tuesday to J.R. Smith Elementary was not his first.
On Tuesday, Chatwin entered the building just as school was letting out, according to school administrators. He was there with his girlfriend and his girlfriend's daughter to see the young girl's teacher.1 comment on this story
However, because Chatwin is a registered sex offender, he can only enter a school with his own biological child or if he is a legal guardian of a child at the school. In this case, Chatwin was neither.
School staff members immediately recognized Chatwin when he walked in and called police.
Chatwin was added to the sex offender registry when he was convicted of sex abuse of a child in 2004. In exchange for his guilty plea in that case, an additional charge of rape of a child was dismissed, according to court records.
Chatwin has since been convicted four times of not properly registering on the sex offender registry, according to court records.