Sex Offender Caught Taking 14-Year-Old to School Dance

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - A convicted sex offender remains behind bars after the 25-year-old man, posing as a teenager, was caught taking a 14-year-old girl to a dance Friday night at her middle school.

Athens Middle School teachers stopped Gregory Ray Brooks at the gym door because he appeared to be much older than his date at the dance.

Athens Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. praised faculty members for doing an excellent job of monitoring who was coming in to the gym.

Athens Police said Brooks was convicted in Limestone County in May 2004 for first-degree sodomy on an 8-year-old victim. Brooks was charged with public intoxication and failure to comply with the community notification act by loitering on school property.

Brooks reportedly ran from the school and was found at a nearby coin laundry.

He's being held in the Limestone County Jail on $500 bond for the public intoxication charge and $5,000 bond on the community notification charge.

Police said the teen did not know Brooks was a sex offender and her mother came to get her at the dance.