A Winston County man was arrested for allegedly molesting a seven year old girl. Jerry Ray King, 46, was arrested in his home in Haleyville. Police said Ray was spotted trying to follow young girls into bathrooms and allegedly tried to buy a young girl a toy at a local store.

According to police Ray later met a single mother of two and allegedly molested her seven year old daughter. King was a registered sex offender in Michigan but was not registered after moving into Alabama.

Parents in the community said they were shocked that they were not notified of King moving into the area.

Authorities said while the incident is unfortunate, when sex offenders move to another state it takes a while to have them registered since they have to appear at a ‘Due Process Hearing.’