Herrin Man Arrested on Child Porn, Sex Offender Charges

Herrin Man Arrested on Child Porn, Sex Offender Charges

HERRIN – A Herrin man was subsequently arrested by Herrin Police Thursday for Possession of Child Pornography and Violation of Sex Offender Registration.

According to Herrin Police, around 6:24 a.m. Thursday, police received a report of a suspicious male parked in a vehicle at a local business on South Park Avenue in Herrin. Officers identified the only male subject in the vehicle as 42-year-old Gary W. Shields of Herrin.

In the course of their investigation, officers obtained information that Shields was a Registered Sex Offender and currently on probation. Herrin Police detectives were called to interview Shields and discovered that he was using an open Wi-Fi connection at a business to obtain Child Pornography.

Herrin Police Chief David Dorris said if a local business sees something suspicious like this, please report it as soon as possible.

Shields is lodged on his charges in the Williamson County Jail.

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