Janesville officials warn public of sex offender offering young girls rides
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville police warned the public about a registered sex offender who has approached young girls recently.
The Janesville Police Department said 49-year-old Daryl Holloway was arrested after “concerning reports” of him approaching several young girls between Oct. 30 and Nov. 16 and asking them to get in his vehicle.
During a news conference Wednesday, police detailed four incidents in which Holloway spoke to girls between 12 and 16 years old, asking them if they want a ride and in some cases, commenting on their looks.
“We believe this person to be a threat to our community and wish to inform citizens of the danger,” Chief Dave Moore said.
Police said the girls all reported feeling scared and in some cases feared for their personal safety.
Oct. 30: Holloway approached a 12-year-old girl at 7:50 a.m. as she was walking to school in the area of North Pearl Street and Ravine Street. He asked the girl to get in his van, and then followed her in the vehicle until she met with a friend.
Nov. 10: Holloway approached a 14-year-old girl on her way to school who was waiting at the bus stop in the 200 block of North Main Street at 6:45 a.m. He asked what her name was and offered a ride.
Nov. 14: Holloway approached a girl at 7:20 a.m. in the area of East Memorial Drive and North Randall Avenue. He called her “baby” and “baby girl.” She ignored him.
Nov. 16: Holloway approached a 16-year-old girl while she was with other children at the Janesville bus terminal. He asked her what school she went to, what grade, and if she wanted a ride.
On Nov. 17, Holloway was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on Nov. 16, as well as the continuing pattern of behavior.
According to the report, Holloway admitted to some, but not all four, of the incidents but told investigators he believed the girls were adults and he was simply seeking companionship.
Lt. Terry Sheridan said Holloway’s behavior has “raised some red flags,” and police are asking anyone who sees something suspicious to contact police.
“Our main goal here is to prevent a serious incident from occurring in the future,” Sheridan said. “What Mr. Holloway’s actual intent, if he were to get anybody in his van, is, we don’t know. All I can tell you is that he maintains that he thought they were adults and he’s just seeking companionship.
Holloway is a lifetime sex offender registrant due to a sexual assault conviction in 1985 in which the victim was an adult, police said. His sex offender status does not restrict him from having contact with juveniles, and he is allowed to be at the bus stops.
Sheridan said police have shared information about the incidents with the Janesville Transit System and the Janesville School District .
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has been notified, and police shared information with the Rock County District Attorney’s Office for review of possible violation of the law pertaining to Holloway’s sex offender registration requirements.
In the sex offender database, Holloway’s address is listed in Milwaukee, but police said he’s been living at a Janesville address. Holloway told police he visits a home on Rutledge Avenue but doesn’t live there permanently.
Police said Holloway drives a 2006 Saturn Relay van that is maroon with a silver back gate. In one of the reported incidents, he was driving a white, two-door 2005 Chevy Cavalier.
Holloway is not in custody, police said. The court date for the disorderly conduct charge is Dec. 18 at 1 p.m., police said.
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