Wanted sex offender living in woods behind North Ridgeville elementary school

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Convicted Child Rapist Caught Living In Woods Behind Elementary School

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (FOX 8) -- A sexual predator was arrested on Monday after police say they found him living behind a North Ridgeville elementary school.

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Earl Eddington, 52, was wanted for violating his parole. He failed to report as a sex offender after he was convicted of raping a victim under the age of 13, North Ridgeville police said.

The Lorain County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals tracked Eddington to the area near Lear North Elementary School at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Police said he tried to hide behind a tree, but was taken into custody.

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Officers discovered a primitive campsite in the woods behind the school, according to the police department. It appeared he was living there for some time. North Ridgeville police said the camp had a view of the school and playground.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website, Eddington has been on parole supervision since December.

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Lorain County Common Pleas Court records show when he was sentenced in 2010, he was ordered to report as a sexual offender once he was released, but failed to do so. The court sent him notices, including one in April.

The North Ridgeville Police Department said it is possible Eddington had contact with children because of the length of time he was living behind Lear North Elementary School. Parents should speak with their children and call the department, at 440-327-2191, with information.

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