Police Say Sex Offender Followed Boys Home


A scary situation for some Rockford kids and their parents tonight. A convicted sex offender is arrested for following a group of 12-year-old boys home from a local park.

The boys were riding their bikes home from Belden Park, which is just west of Rockford Memorial Hospital. That's when they say they spotted 41-year-old Joseph Engle following them in a van. He tried to lure the boys into the vehicle, but they refused. Engle allegedly continued to follow them home, but one of the parents called police. Engle was arrested shortly after for communicating with children as a sex offender, driving drunk and on a revoked license.


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