Police: Sex offender lurking around courthouse

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police in Jacksonville have issued a warning about a registered sex offender hanging around near the Duval County Courthouse.

Jacksonville police said they had noticed James McCray throughout the day in certain areas on the property. Officers began an email, which was forwarded to courthouse employees, such as those at the Clerk of Courts.

McCray has convictions of several crimes, including attempted sexual battery with a weapon, kidnapping and aggravated stalking.

McCray is described as a black man with brown eyes, 5 feet tall and 163 pounds.

Those who work at or are going to the courthouse are urged to be extra cautious and walk in groups if possible.

"I mean, am I supposed to take somebody with me every time I go to the courthouse?" Marteal Lamb said. "I mean, he has his rights. It's a public area. I'm not sure."

Police said McCray is not committing any crimes for hanging around the property, but they are warning people about his presence for safety reasons.

"Very shocked to know that someone with that demeanor is hanging around the courthouse," said Michelle Grant, who works at the courthouse. "I try to stay in the building as much as possible, and then at the end of the day when I come out I'm always looking around to be aware of my surroundings."

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