PHOTO CREDIT: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Arizona Mom Saves Daughter From Sex Offender Who Broke Into Home

A northern Arizona mother is a hero after she saved her 12-year-old daughter from sex offender who broke into the family’s home early Wednesday and began touching the girl as she slept.

Authorities say that a 12-year-old girl was woken up around 3 a.m. in her bedroom by 54-year-old sex offender Lloyd Beard who had gotten into her bed and was touching her face.

The girl was able to wake her mother and her 16-year-old son came to her rescue. They physically removed Beard from the home and kicked him out into the yard.

When deputies responded to a trespassing call in Paulden, approximately 25 miles north of Prescott, they found the suspect outside with his pants down. Beard had allegedly exposed himself in the yard and tried to run off, however the mother and her son chased him down and detained the suspect until deputies were able to take him into custody.

Beard was treated at the scene for minor injuries from his struggle with the mother and son before being taken to a hospital. He has been moved to the Yavapai County Jail, where he will be booked on numerous counts of aggravated assault, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, indecent exposure, voyeurism and disorderly conduct.

According to online records, Beard is registered Level 3 sex offender for a crime committed in Colorado. He was previously cited for failure to register as a sex offender in Arizona. Records show he registered with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office last week.

“Violent sexual crimes against children are among the most heinous offenses I can think of. I am always as shocked as all of you at the capacity of these appalling offenders to prey on the vulnerable,” Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes said in the release.

“These violent criminals must be removed from society, and we will always seek to prosecute them and fight for justice for their victims. The quick action of the mother saved not only her daughter from further trauma but managed to help take a dangerous predator off the streets,” the sheriff’s office said.

 


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