The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, May 16, 2008

Robert A. Smith goes to pubs...

...and evidently likes to do illegal things while he's there.

Police say that the 53-year-old registered sex offender Robert Smith was at a pub in Belleville when he put his hands up the skirt of a 12 year old girl. Others at the pub noticed and informed a bartender who kicked Smith out before police were contacted.

According to a press release, police were able to locate Smith because witnesses knew he was a painter from Tennessee, and that he was staying at a nearby hotel.

Smith has been arrested for sexual-based crimes "several" times in Tennessee, where he is a registered sex offender, according to a police statement. He did not register once he relocated to Belleville.

I'm amazed that those who witnessed this encounter stopped to tell the bartender, rather than actually physically stepping in and stopping Smith themselves.