A Michigan man is behind bars and banned from a Sullivan County Park. Deputy Justin Copeland was investigating a reported battery of a 17-year-old female when he learned the suspect in question was camping at the Sullivan County Park and Lake.
He ran a nationwide on the suspect, Rusty Banks, and learned that he was a registered sex offender in Michigan.
It was later established that Banks had not registered with Indiana authorities - as required by law. Sheriff Clark Cottom said even registered sex offenders that come into Indiana for a brief period are required to notify authorities.
After being questioned, Banks admitted to the battery of the 17-year-old.
Banks was also permanently banned from Sullivan County Park and Lake.
He was arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Battery. He is secured in the Sullivan County Jail under a $12,000 bond.
Sheriff Cottom said his office will also be notifying Michigan authorities of Banks’ arrest, as he is also required to notify Michigan officials of his extended travels.
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