TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami County sex offender is back in jail just hours after his release from serving his sentence.
Thursday, Andrew Mathias was released from Miami County Security Center and just hours after, he followed two teenage girls, prompting the Troy Miami County Library to act fast.
2 NEWS obtained the 911 Dispatch Center Call:
DISPATCHER: “Miami County 911″.
CALLER: “Hi. Yes, um, I’m calling from the library. I have a juvenile that just came in the door, uh, she said this gentleman had followed her here and uh, requested to have sex with her. She would like an officer to come. She’s scared. She’s upset.”
Heather Baker may not want to be called a hero, but the circulation desk worker saved two teenagers from a sexual predator.
“As a parent, it’s very scary. My, I really was just very concerned for them. They were obviously uncomfortable and they wanted some help and I wanted to get them to safety as quick as possible,” said Baker.
Mathias followed the girls into the library just three blocks from where he was released after serving his sentence.
Parents 2 NEWS spoke with are scared.
Tonya Conn-Baker is one of those parents. She was at the building Thursday to take her daughter to an appointment there.
Coincidentally, Mathias was released at that same time and she even talked to him for several minutes.
She told 2NEWS Mathias claimed he was serving time for running a business illegally.
She can’t believe she crossed paths with the sex offender before he was back at it again.
“It’s just, it’s crazy because you can’t let your kids do anything and you think about all the parents. They have to work and their kids and they can’t keep track of their kid, you know, all hours of the day. You never know; they lurk everywhere. It’s just a scary, scary thing,” said the mother of teen girls.
Library officials said their glad the girls knew to come to a public place for safety.
Director Rachelle Miller is also crediting their training with the police department and other officials for their quick and calm reaction.
She believes, despite this recent incident, the library remains a secure place for children and families.
Officials advise parents to remind their children not to speak with or get in the car with strangers.
If your child finds themselves in a compromising position, they should always look for an adult in a open, public location.