2 sex offenders arrested near Rend Lake

2 sex offenders arrested near Rend Lake

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Two sex offenders were arrested near Rend Lake in Franklin County.

According to Sheriff Don Jones, Joshua Watkins, 39, of Carmi was arrested on July 9 after a traffic stop at North Marcum Beach. Watkins is a registered sexual predator. He faces a misdemeanor charge for being within a public park.

On July 12, deputies responded to the North Sandusky Campground for a report of a suspicious person. Steve Bratton, 57, of Woodlawn was arrested for being a convicted child sex offender loitering in a public park. Court documents show Bratton pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child in 1992.

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