PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police arrested a convicted sex offender who got into a dormitory on the University of Pittsburgh campus, kicked off his shoes and was found lounging on a couch, watching television.
Pitt campus police were called to Forbes Hall Pavilion, a freshmen engineering dorm, around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The building is located on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.READ MORE: Former Steeler Ryan Switzer Shares 'Wonderful News' On Son's Condition Nearly 1 Month After Surgery
According to the criminal complaint, 45-year-old William Burkett was found lying on a couch in the lobby area. He had his shoes off and was watching TV.
“It’s a little weird, but not a lot of people come down there on a regular basis,” said Mason Kline, a Pitt freshman. “The sofa is next to the printer, so no one goes down there unless they have something to print, not a high traffic area.”
University of Pittsburgh officials issued a statement on the incident. It reads in part:READ MORE: Bat In Pitcairn Tests Positive For Rabies After Biting At Least 1 Child
“This area is outside of the secured entry to the student living area. Our police responded and identified this individual as a person who had been the subject of property warnings in the past week.”
Burkett told police he was homeless and didn’t have a place to stay, the criminal complaint says.
While trying to find a place for Burkett to go, police say they discovered he is a sex offender who had just gotten out of jail last month and failed to register under Megan’s Law.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Locate Missing 11-Year-Old Ronnell Miller
Police arrested Burkett, who is now back in the Allegheny County Jail, He’s facing several charges including, failure to register as a sex offender and criminal trespassing.