- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2007

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A sex offender arrested last week on new charges in South Carolina says he moved to the state because he was forced out by Georgia’s strict laws regarding where sex offenders can live, authorities said.

James T. Springfield, 46, has been charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, three counts of giving obscene material to a minor and two counts of exposing himself, Aiken County authorities said. He was arrested last Tuesday at his Jackson home.

Springfield tried to persuade a 13-year-old girl to have sex with either him or with a 15-year-old boy, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Michael Frank said. Springfield also showed pornographic movies to both children and exposed himself, Lt. Frank said.

Springfield moved to Aiken County in September because of Georgia’s law, Lt. Frank said. The law bans sex offenders from living, working and loitering within 1,000 feet of school bus stops, churches and other spots where children might gather.

Springfield was convicted in June of sexually molesting a 5-year-old girl, and was sentenced to five years of probation. He registered as a sex offender in Richmond County, Ga. — just over the state line from Aiken.

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