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Convicted sex offender arrested near school

ALBANY -- Convicted sex offender Kenneth Kellam, 36, was arrested at about 2:20 p.m. Monday in connection with attempting to entice schoolboys into harm, a Dougherty County School System police official said.

Kellam went to 14th Street near the Northside Elementary School to meet two boys, said Julius Phillips, assistant school system police chief.

Because there are juveniles involved and the nature of the possible crime, the names of the boys and their mother are not being used in reporting.

"The mother intervened, and we were five seconds behind the mother," Phillips said. "We haven't charged (Kellam) yet. We have him in jail on a 72-hour hold. He will most likely be charged with two attempts of child molestation, attempting to entice a child and failing to register as a sex offender."

Because the police can hold Kellam for 72 hours while they investigate and prepare a case, Phillips said he didn't know when the prisoner would go before a judge.

Florida jailed Kellam in 2004 on charges of trying to imprison two boys and impersonating a police officer, according to the Florida Department of Corrections Web site, dc.state.fl.us. Kellam was released Jan. 14, 2008.

Florida's sex-offender list indicates Kellam has had an Albany address since Sept. 11.

While in East Hillsborough, Fla., Kellam used a fake police badge to try and lure two teenagers to his white van on two different occasions, according to the Tampa Tribune.

A white van, possibly the same one, was impounded by school system police, Phillips said. He would not give details of the contents of the van.

At the 2004 trial, Hillsborough County prosecutor Sean Keefe spoke of a rope in the van, the Tampa tribune stated. Investigators said Kellam wanted to lure boys into the van and harm them, the paper's story added.