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Police: Sex offender approaches teen
Bobby Joe Rivers

    A registered sex offender who approached a teenage girl in the library Monday is behind bars, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
    Bobby Joe Rivers, 49, of West Main Street, walked up to a 14-year-old girl in the Statesboro Regional Library around 11:46 a.m. Monday and made inappropriate comments, Turner said.
    Advanced Patrol Officer Nathan Bolton met with the teen and her parents, who told him Rivers asked her to come to his house to draw for him, Turner said.
    “It was reported that the juvenile was offered money to go to the house of the suspect,” he said. 
    A collaborative investigation by Bolton and Detective Ben Purvis determined that Rivers was the suspect and a registered sex offender.
    Arrest warrants were secured, lookouts were posted and Rivers was found around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on Altman Street, where he was arrested by Advanced Patrol Officer Justin Gawthrop.
    Rivers is currently being held in the Bulloch County Jail, pending further court action.
    Anyone with information concerning this incident should call Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
    Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

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