New information revealed about convicted sex offender who allegedly lured boys with jobs

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Posted on September 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:14 PM

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(WHAS11) - There is new information about the man accused of trying to lure young men with promises of jobs at Waffle House restaurants.

WHAS11 News has discovered that he was, in fact, a former Waffle House employee and was arrested just months ago.

James Ford worked at a couple of Waffle House restaurants in both Louisville and southern Indiana.

WHAS11 News discovered he was employed by the business from April until September of 2008.

Victims tell us that shortly after leaving the company is when he began posing as a manager offering high-paying jobs.

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Since 1993, he's been arrested more than two dozen times in Louisville.

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Back in 2003, police say he sexually abused three young girls, who were 9-years-old, 10-years-old? and 11-years-old at the time.

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For that, Ford was sent to prison, where he was charged with escape.

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Also, he repeatedly was arrested for violating the sex offender registry.

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Ford eventually obtained a job as a waiter at a New Albany Waffle House.

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Within a month of leaving, sources tell WHAS11 News that Ford began walking throughout New Albany posing as the manager and offering young men jobs at the restaurant.

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One man says his younger brother was targeted.

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"He's talking about getting him a job, but he wanted to go smoke weed with him and drinking with him," he says.

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A Louisville mother made a similar accusation last year. In the arrest warrant, the officer says Ford gave the 17-year-old boy a glass of wine and a beer and then inappropriately touched the boy.

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Ford was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to the charge, but served only three months in a Kentucky facility before being transferred to Indiana, where he served less than two months in the Floyd County jail.

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Then he got out and allegedly began soliciting boys again.

According to the mother of Ford's children, he listed an apartment complex on Mitchell Road as his address.

Even though he's a convicted sex offender, you can see it's a stone's throw from a daycare center and right across the street is an elementary school with hundreds of children.

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Last week, police say Ford began staying with his cousin in a home directly behind Liberty High School, where investigators say Ford met two boys Monday, promising them jobs.

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Ford was eventually coaxed to a supposed meeting with another child, where he was nabbed by police.

Ford pleaded not guilty to the charge during his first appearance Thursday.

He's being held at metro corrections under a $5,000 bond.

Ford is also wanted in Floyd County Indiana for failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

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