Sex Offender Arrested After Hanging Out Around Children

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Kenneth Wheeler, a convicted sex offender, has gone bust for loitering along the Pinellas Trail near children. Police say Wheeler has been on house arrest for sex crimes.

A parent called police to report a man riding a bicycle near their children. When deputies arrived at the trail to talk to the man, he fled. Authorities said he ditched his bicycle, pulled off his shirt and his boxer shorts while being chased.

Wheeler was found hiding under a canoe by a police canine unit. He was charged with loitering and prowling and violating probation. Wheeler was on house arrest for a "violent sex crime," said reports. He was wearing an ankle monitor.

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