Deputies nab sex offender through background checks of Collier County Fair workers

Don J. Deputy Jr.

Don J. Deputy Jr.

A Collier County Sheriff's Office background check of workers scheduled to staff the upcoming Collier County Fair has resulted in felony charges for a convicted sex offender.

Don J. Deputy Jr., 55, of Gibsonton, Fla., was charged with failing to register in Florida as a sex offender. He was also charged on a warrant out of Illinois for violation of probation on his Peoria County, Ill., conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 18.

Reports say that on March 14 the Reithoffer Shows Inc. provided the Sheriff's Office with a list of employees scheduled to work at the fair. The office conducts criminal background checks each year on individuals scheduled to staff the event as a safety measure. During the background check, investigators discovered Deputy's status as a sex offender. Deputies located him at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Tuesday and placed him under arrest..

The fair is scheduled to kick off Thursday and continue through March 27.

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