Convicted child molester ordered to wear GPS, stay away from victim's home


By: Krystal Vivian

A 35-year-old convicted child molester has a new home and was ordered to wear a GPS device after he listed his home address as beneath a bridge less than a mile from the home of his victim when he registered as a sex offender earlier this month.

Dale Bradshaw was released from prison Aug. 6 and listed the Ironwood Drive bridge as him home address when he registered with St. Joseph County’s sex offender database, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Bradshaw pleaded guilty in May 2013 to one count of child molesting and was sentenced to six years in prison and two years in probation, but was released early because of the time he spent in jail before his sentence and day-for-day prison credit.

The victim’s grandmother complained to authorities after learning that Bradshaw’s listed home was less than a mile from where she lives with the boy.

In response, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley ordered Bradshaw to wear a GPS monitor and told him that he must not live, travel or visit within a mile of the victim’s home, according to the Tribune. Bradshaw’s next hearing is set for Aug. 24.

Assistant Chief Bill Thompson with the St. Joseph County Police Department told the Tribune that they arranged a new home for Bradshaw. His new address is listed in the 2700 block of Michigan Street.

Read more about Bradshaw’s initial case and the law that was passed after he was charged in the full story from the South Bend Tribune.