An Owensboro man was arrested at Smothers Park Thursday night after the Owensboro Police Department discovered he was a sex offender. Dustin Tyler Hutchins, 28, was charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registration and a registered sex offender violating public playground restrictions.
OPD came across the man as he was fighting with a female juvenile.
According to police reports, the officer had observed Hutchins walking beside the juvenile and immediately recognized her to be as a missing juvenile with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
“[Hutchins] was identified as being a lifetime registrant of the sex offender registry,” the report stated. “While interviewing [Hutchins], he advised he was supposed to report to his probation and parole officer down here on Monday. He advised he was supposed to have gone to the Dismas house, but never did, and he has been living at St. Benedict’s. He advised he had been here for approximately a month and had never reported to his parole officer, or to Dismas.”
Hutchins also admitted to OPD that he wasn’t supposed to be at a public park.
“He advised he was not to be alone with juveniles,” the report stated.
Hutchins then told officers that he’d known the female victim to be under 18 years of age because of stories she’d told him about her father beating her. He told officers they’d been fighting because the juvenile female needed help, and he wouldn’t help her.
“He then stated he did not know her, but he was found carrying her backpack as they were talking together through the park,” the report stated.
Subsequent to his arrest, officers found a love letter written to Hutchins by the female juvenile.
“[The letter] stated she loved him and wants to marry him and have children and so on,” the report stated. “The juvenile told officers they have met before and knew each other.”
Hutchins was previously arrested in Richmond, Ky., on June 13, 2018, for failure to comply with the state’s sex offender registry.