Clay County sex offender behind bars again

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – A clay County man who is already a registered sex offender is back behind bars after authorities said he tried to sexually assault a minor. 

Jerry Albert Dean, 58, is back behind bars again after trying to sexually assault a minor in Clay County according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said that Dean was trying to contact the child through his cellphone and trying to entice the victim into sex acts.

With permission from the victim, a deputy pretended to be the child and got Dean to talk to him, thinking he was communicating with the victim.

The Sheriff's Office also said that at one point, Dean met with the minor and tried to force his hands down his pants and touch him sexually.

Dean was arrested for soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices and attempted sexual battery and is being held on a $300,009 bond.