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Convicted sex offender arrested trying to register grandchildren at Chesterfield school

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A convicted violent sex offender got on school property twice in one week. It happened at Matoaca Elementary School. How did this happen? We tracked down the offender after his release from jail. 

"Did you come there for anything malicious?" we asked convicted violent sex offender Richard Houser. 

"No," replied Houser. "All I wanted to do was register my grandchildren in school. That's all it was."

Houser was convicted of engaging in a lewd act with a child under 14 back in 1991. Houser says he was just trying to help his daughter relocate out of an abusive relationship. The investigation indicates that Houser entered Matoaca Elementary School on May 2 to pick up paperwork from the office to re-register relatives at the school. He returned to the school on May 5 to drop off the paperwork. He was charged with two counts of entering a school after convicted of sex offense. 

"Even if you are a parent of a child in that school and you are a sex offender you cannot go on that school property," said NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin. "Unless you have gone to court and gotten a court order that allows you to do that."

Chesterfield has a visitor management system called the Raptor. Visitors present their drivers license, and it is checked against the sex offender registry.

Sources suggest it is likely Houser never presented an i.d. because he was just picking up documents. Sources tell us a bus driver alerted school officials that Houser was a convicted sex offender.

"Did you know that you should not be on the property?" we asked Houser. 

"I cannot say anymore," said Houser.

Houser faces felony charges. He could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted.    

"The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for Chesterfield Schools," said Shawn Smith with Chesterfield Schools. "We sincerely appreciate the work of Chesterfield police in their investigation."

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