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Sex offender arrested at restaurant playground

Posted January 20, 2011 12:50 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2011 3:03 p.m. EST

— A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday after he was seen in the play area of a McDonald's in Raleigh, authorities said.

Jefferson Benjamin Simmons, 52, of 3704 Hillcrest Drive in Raleigh, was at the McDonald's at 4121 Blue Ridge Road, authorities said. An arrest warrant indicates that Simmons violated the conditions of registering as a sex offender by going to the children's playground.

Simmons was convicted in Guilford County in 1996 of indecent liberties with a minor, according to state Department of Correction records. He was convicted on the same charge in Wake County in 1984, records show.