Crime

Child molester allegedly impersonates cop in Lakewood, threatens 14-year-old girl

A convicted child molester wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet gave a 14-year-old girl marijuana and pretended to be a law enforcement officer while threatening to take her away in handcuffs, according to Lakewood police.

Jon Carrington, 28, allegedly approached a group of teen girls waiting for the bus Wednesday at Lakewood Towne Center and began rubbing the 14-year-old girl’s back.

According to charging papers, he then placed a baggie of pot in her purse, told her he was a state Department of Corrections officer and said he could take her away from her friends in handcuffs.

Carrington also allegedly threatened to kill the girl if she told anyone about the marijuana, court records show. He walked off when a passer-by intervened.

The girl told police she was “terrified” by the encounter.

Officers found Carrington nearby and he insisted he was a Department of Corrections officer. He then admitted that he was wearing a home-monitoring bracelet because he was a convicted child molester.

Carrington “said he gave the ‘little girl’ marijuana because he thought she wanted some,” according to charging papers. He told police all little girls lie.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Carrington with felony harassment, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18 and first-degree criminal impersonation.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Carrington was convicted in 2010 on two counts of child molestation in Pierce County.

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