(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Two sex offenders have been arrested in Dearborn County after law enforcement discovered each of them were living closer to daycares than allowed.
The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department was notified March 28 that Roger C. Haines, Jr., of Lawrenceburg, was living in an apartment at 308 Exporting Street in Aurora.
According to a court affidavit, Haines, 37, still had his registered address with the sheriff’s department at 511 Craig Avenue in Lawrenceburg. Indiana law requires sex and violent offenders to register their new address with the local sheriff’s department anytime they move.
The Aurora apartment where Haines has been living is next door to Lollipops and Rainbows Daycare.
In his defense, Haines told investigators that he knew he was not supposed to live that close to a daycare, school, or other area where children gather. He claimed he stays inside all day and only leaves the apartment before dawn.
Haines has a 2007 conviction in Dearborn County of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
On March 16, the sheriff’s department was tipped off from a case worker with child services that Phillip M. Courter, of Lawrenceburg, was living at 466 Sheldon Street in Greendale.
In an affidavit, Courter, 38, admitted to officers that he had been living at that address for three weeks and had failed to register with the sheriff’s department. He claimed he did not have the time to register.
Similar to Haines, Courter was not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school. The home where Courter was staying was just over 500 feet away from Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool at 495 Ludlow Street, Greendale.
Courter had been convicted of Child Molesting in 2006 and sentenced to 20 years probation which includes registering as a sex offender.
Haines is charged with Failure of a Sex Offender to Register (Class D Felony). Courter is charged with Failure of a Sex Offender to Register Change of Address (Class D Felony) and Sex Offender Residency Offense (Class D Felony).
Both men are currently held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.