By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - A convicted sex offender is accused of luring two young girls into his vehicle for sex at South County Center.
Police say 25-year-old Samwell Fowler never registered as a sex offender.
Fowler was charged in 2005 with second-degree sexual misconduct and ordered to join the sex offender registry. Police say he never did and now has two new counts of enticement of a minor against him.
It was March 8, a Friday night and the mall was closing.
Police say two girls, ages 11 and 13, had been dropped off earlier at the mall by their father to hang out with friends when Fowler approached them and offered to drive them home. The girls accepted the ride.
"The girls reported that the gentleman drove past their house to a nearby street or alley and that's when the enticement began," said Officer Randy Vaughn with the St. Louis County Police Department.
Officer Vaughn says the girls told police Fowler asked them to perform sexual acts for money, and that's when they got out of the vehicle and went home.
"It's pretty impressive that they were able to escape, but as a parent it's just you shouldn't allow your kids to be in a position where it could lead to that," said father of three Jeff Goddard. He said his oldest, a 12-year-old girl, knows better.
"She knows not to get in strangers we've talked to her, we've taught her about predators," he said. "That's disgusting, it's why you shouldn't leave your kids alone."
"It's got to be a decision made by each parent but when you do make decisions like that you have to have some safe proofs to make sure that they know when they are going to be picked up by who and when," said Officer Vaughn.
Despite this incident, Laura Heuschele says her neighborhood is still safe.
"I grew up in this area and I want to call this a safe place, and I still do feel that this is a safe environment," said Heuschele.
Sean Phillips with the South County Center released the following statement:
"The safety and security of our shoppers and employees is a top priority, and we are working with the St. Louis County Police Department on this matter and will continue to do so. Currently there is not a Youth Escort Program in place at the South County Center."
More charges could be coming because Fowler was not registered as sex offender as ordered.