ROGERSVILLE — Thanks to a tip from a Hawkins County watchdog group, authorities arrested a Rogersville man Wednesday for allegedly violating the terms of his convicted sex offender status.
Ervin Lee Haager, 58, 1005 Overhill Road, Rogersville, was convicted in 1985 of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 11 years old in Florida.
One of the terms of Haager’s sex offender status is that he’s not permitted to have a child under the age of 15 in his home unless it is his own child.
Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said Wednesday that a sex offender watchdog group in Hawkins County had been monitoring Haager and reported to the sheriff’s office Wednesday that there were two small children at his residence.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Greer responded to the Haager residence Wednesday afternoon and reported finding two children there — a boy and a girl, both of whom are 3 years old.
“These children belonged to his wife’s niece. However, because of his offense which happened in Florida which involved a child under age 11, he is not allowed to have any children other than his own in the residence,” Christian said. “There’s a watchdog group in Hawkins County who monitors people on the sex offender registry, and that’s how this situation came to our attention. They apparently had been watching this individual some, and today they saw him out with a small child and they gave us a call.
“Detective Greer went to the residence, determined that the children were not his, and placed the subject under arrest.”
Under the law, Haager is permitted to be in the presence of children under 15 as long as they are not at his home, Christian added.
The technical name of the charge is violation of living restrictions for a convicted sex offender, a Class E felony punishable by one to two years in prison.
Haager remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail Wednesday on $3,000 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.
There are currently 84 people in Hawkins County listed on the Tennessee Convicted Sex Offender Registry.