Sex offender re-arrested after 'stalking' girls in Walmart

Sex offender re-arrested after 'stalking' girls in Walmart

BRADENTON, FLA. - A registered sex offender is back behind bars after police say surveillance video busted him stalking children at a Walmart near Tampa, Fla.

"Ugh. That's so sickening," said Brenda Piovano, a grandmother of eight.

The reaction from Piovano was in response to seeing the surveillance video of suspect Stephen Edwards with his hand down his pants. She said she shops at the Walmart once a week.

"I'm scared," she said. "Scared for my children, scared for other people's children. It's just terrible."

Around 6 p.m. Sunday, two girls, ages 6 and 13, were shopping with their grandmother when they noticed Edwards following them around the store.

They told their grandmother, who then went to security and they called police.

Bradenton, Fla. Police Lt Jim Racky says that was the right thing to do.

"He said, 'I'm a stalker.' He goes, 'I followed them, I was playing with myself, I was putting my left hand in my pocket,' and he admitted to everything that we saw in the video," Racky said.

It's not the first time. Edwards was arrested in 2004 and again in 2006 for similar crimes. He served seven and a half years in prison.

Nine months after his release, this happens.

"He's like, 'You guys put me away and keep arresting me, I get back out, I'm going to keep doing it,'" Racky said.

Detectives say they're now looking into the possibility of similar incidents involving Edwards since his release.

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