Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Store-flasher suspect faces another charge

Registration of Ohio offenders required in clause

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Hamilton County registered sex offender could be sent to prison for up to five years under a little-known clause in Kentucky's version of “Megan's Law.”

        The clause requires Ohio's registered sex offenders to also register in Kentucky if they work or attend school in the Bluegrass State.

        Cincinnati resident Clyde Herald, who worked in Covington, caught the attention of authorities after they say he was caught on video fondling himself while following a young girl through a Covington department story on Jan. 24.

        Mr. Herald, of the 200 block of West Eighth Street downtown, is charged with a felony for failing to register as a sex offender in Kentucky, in addition to two misdemeanor charges in connection with the department store incident.

        Covington Police Sgt. Teal Nally said detectives have received 20 additional complaints against Mr. Herald and that more charged are possible. The complaints, from mothers in Kentucky and Ohio, involve Mr. Herald allegedly following young girls around malls or department stores, Sgt. Nally said.

        Commonwealth Attorney Bill Crockett believes Mr. Herald is the first Cincinnati resident working in Northern Kentucky to be charged for failing to also register in Kentucky. Mr. Crockett said he has no idea how many others might be in violation of this clause of Kentucky's “Megan's Law.”

        Mr. Herald landed on Ohio's sexual predators list after numerous convictions in Hamilton County for crimes that include public indecency, voyeurism and possessing marijuana. The 48-year-old has admitted to flashing people at least 1,000 times, according to court records, and has a criminal record that dates back to 1978.

        This is not the first time Mr. Herald has been in trouble for allegedly not following “Megan's Law.” In 1998, he was sentenced to six months when he lied to Hamilton County authorities about where he planned to live.

        Mr. Herald is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center on $30,000 bail. He will be arraigned this morning for failing to register as a sex offender in Kentucky.


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