Sex offender caught at Clackamas Aquatic Park



OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says a registered sex offender posed as a woman to enter a women’s locker room and hot tub at the Clackamas Aquatic Park where he talked with children.

Det. Jim Strovink says a chaperone spotted Thomas Lee Benson and chased and held him Friday until deputies arrived.

KGW reports the 39-year-old Gresham man is facing charges that include unlawful contact with a child and unlawfully being in a location where children congregate.

Benson was convicted in 1994 for child sexual abuse and was directed to have no contact with children.

He reportedly was wearing a bra and lipstick Friday when he entered the women’s locker room. A 26-year-old chaperone overheard children talking about the man and chased Benson when he tried to leave.


Information from: KGW-TV,