Lancaster police stopped a registered sex offender as he was driving toward a hotel with a 13-year-old girl in his vehicle in the early morning hours Thursday, police officials said Friday.
Amos E. Dean picked up the girl early Thursday morning while she was walking down a Buffalo street in the rain and offered her a ride home, police said. Instead of heading toward her home, the vehicle was en route to a hotel on Transit Road, according to police.
Officer William Gummo stopped the vehicle after it made an unsafe turn on Transit Road at about 3:50 a.m. Thursday, according to police reports.
A computer check revealed that Dean, 49, of Sobieski Street, Buffalo, had a suspended license and was registered as a sex offender.
Dean is a Level 1 offender, considered the least likely group of offenders to commit additional sex crimes. Lancaster police, though, said Dean has an extensive criminal record.
"With his criminal history, if they had made it back to the hotel, there was a good possibility the girl may have been attacked or sexually assaulted," said Capt. Timothy R. Murphy, Lancaster's chief of detectives.
Gummo, Lt. Marco Laurienzo and Detective Donald Lynch charged Dean with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment and marijuana possession. He also was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and making an unsafe turn.