A convicted child sex offender faces felony charges after attending an elementary school's Grandparent's Day program with his cross-dressing boyfriend.
William Baker, 49, faces a court hearing later this month after sheriff's deputies saw him on tape, sitting through Grandparent's Day at South Polk Elementary School in Old Fort, Tenn.
In 1994, Baker was convicted of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery of a 6-year-old girl. He is no longer allowed to be around young children at schools.
Deputies say he was at the school on Sept. 20 after offering his neighbor, an unsuspecting grandmother with car trouble, a ride to the event.
"He has no kids at the school, he has no reason to be at the school," said Polk County Sheriff's Detective Brian Fields. "The law says he shouldn't have been there at all."
Although he shouldn't have been at the school in the first place, Baker did nothing else illegal while there, Fields said.
Baker's presence at the school might not have raised too many eyebrows, but his boyfriend - who was apparently dressed as a woman and using the women's restroom - drew a lot of attention.
"They saw the cross-dresser go into the restroom, and they were about 100 percent sure it was a man dressed as a woman," Fields said.
The school's staff checked the school's sign-in sheet, cross-referenced it with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry and found Baker's name in both places, he said.
"They were more concentrated on the cross-dresser when it was actually the man with the cross-dresser that shouldn't have been there," the sheriff said.
After realizing they had attracted attention, Baker, who lives in Old Fort, and his companion left the school. Deputies tracked them down a few days later, Fields said.
"You don't want the fox going into the hen house," said Polk County Director of Schools James Jones. "It's a safety issue for our children. And the law is very specific about when and how a sex offender can be on school property."