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Sex offender charged for working at haunted house


WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) -- A convicted child sex offender is accused of violating the rules of his probation by volunteering at a charity haunted house geared toward children in southeast Wisconsin.
A criminal complaint says 36-year-old Andy Hawthorne of West Bend was working as a volunteer monster at the Dwelling of Despair in Slinger when he removed his mask to calm down two frightened children and their father, an off-duty law enforcement officer, recognized him as a convicted child sex offender.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Hawthorne told police he was volunteering to fulfill a service requirement and didn't know he can't work with children.
Hawthorne was charged Thursday in Washington County with two counts of being a child sex offender working with children and one count of sex offender registry violation.
It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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