Sex offender arrested after entering school

A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday for allegedly entering Ringgold Elementary School without an escort, a violation of his terms.

Robert Warford, 39, of Saline County allegedly entered Ringgold Elementary School with his child on the first day of school.

"Warford did have a legitimate reason to be at the school, but violated his terms of release by not notifying staff and requesting an escort while on school premises," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Warford is a level three sex offender, Russell said.

Warford entered the school on the first day of school with other parents who were escorting their children to the classrooms. On a normal day of school, the doors of the school are locked so no one can enter the school without checking in, Russell said.

Warford was charged with being a registered sex offender who is prohibited from entering a school campus.

He is still being detained at the Saline County Detention Facility and his bond has been set at $2,500, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office inmate roster.

"I believe our staff acted quickly and appropriately to handle this situation," said Benton Superintendent Jeff Collum.