Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Randell Poore

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A convicted sex offender in Lincoln stands charged of sexual assault and generating child pornography.

Police on Wednesday said Randell Poore, 36, lured two teenagers back to his apartment, where they said the assault took place. Police said three weeks ago, Poore stopped a 12-year-old girl near his home in northeast Lincoln. He had her pose and took pictures of her on his cell phone, according to the police chief.

"It's very frustrating to think we saw this coming. We tried to warn and alert people and apparently the efforts were unsucessful," said Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady. "Asking her to take her picture, took her picture several times. Asked her to bend over and tie her shoe while he took her picture."

Casady said that girl was able get away and run home. Her parents called police when they discovered the man who stopped their daughter was a level 3 sex offender, Casady said.
"We arrested him, brought him down to the station, but the only thing we could find were elements of disturbing the peace," Casady said.

Poore was jailed but released. Police publicized the incident in the local media and Dawes Middle School, where the 12-year-old girl is a student, sent out a warning letter to parents. "I wondered if it was one of the individuals I had already told not to be in my yard," Lincoln parent Trish Eastman said.

Eastman lives in the neighborhood where Poore lives. She said word that the man mentioned in the school's letter may have struck again is disturbing. "It makes me nauseous," she said.

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