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A registered sex offender was taken into custody Wednesday following a search of his home by Angelina County Adult Probation officers.

David Mathews, 37, convicted of exposing himself in public to a 16-year-old girl while high on methamphetamine, has been on probation since 2009 with no major violations until recently, according to sex offender case load supervisor Lisa Page.

“He showed up at Relay for Life earlier this month, which was a no-no because it was at the middle school,” Page said. “He was asked to leave and got pretty indignant about his right to be there. He was with another adult, a family member participating in the walk, and said he thought because it wasn’t during school hours it was OK to be there.”

On April 30, Mathews was picked up on a misdemeanor theft charge and accepted a six-month probated sentence, Page said.

Checking in with his probation officer Wednesday afternoon, Mathews agreed to a search of his home on Gobbler’s Knob and his vehicle. In the adult probation parking lot, officers Dustin Fore and Chris Harris found packets of Sure Gel, a canning substance sometimes used for passing drug screens.

“That’s not a direct violation, but it is something the judge will take into consideration,” Fore said. “He said he’s been looking for a job and he had smoked some marijuana, so he was using it to pass drug tests for work.”

Probation officers, accompanied by two Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies, then followed Mathews to his home around 3 p.m. and went through his possessions. The search uncovered drug paraphernalia, an unused syringe, and alcohol. That, in addition to his recent theft charge and the Relay for Life incident, was enough to warrant his arrest for violating the terms of his probation, according to Page.

He remained in the Angelina County Jail without bond Thursday.

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