Janesville police warn public about sex offender approaching girls
JANESVILLE--Police are warning the public about a registered sex offender they say has approached four Janesville girls since Oct. 30, offering them rides while they were on their way to school.
None of the girls accepted the offer, and no one was hurt, but police say they want to avert a possible tragedy by getting the word out to parents and children.
Police announced their concerns at a news conference Wednesday morning, and the Janesville School District alerted parents to the situation Wednesday.
Daryl W. Holloway, 49, was issued a disorderly conduct citation, but he has not done anything to get him put in jail, police said.
He told police he thought the girls were all at least 18 and that he was seeking companionship. He addressed them as “baby” or “baby girl,” the girls told police.
The girls all reported feeling scared and in some cases feared for their personal safety, police said.
Holloway is described as black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 250 pounds and bald. He drives a white, 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier and a maroon, 2006 Saturn Relay minivan. The minivan has a silver rear hatch.
Police and the state Department of Corrections are investigating whether Holloway has violated sex-registry rules by not notifying the department within 10 days of a change of a address, police said.
Holloway has a Milwaukee address, but police have been told he has been living at his girlfriend's house, 2818 Rutledge Ave. in Janesville, for one or two months.
Holloway has told police he is only visiting in Janesville. He also said he thought all the girls were at least 18.
“We believe this person to be a threat to our community and wish to inform citizens of the danger,” Police Chief Dave Moore said.
At the same time, Holloway has the constitutional right to go anywhere he likes, said Lt. Terry Sheridan.
Police described these incidents:
-- 7:50 a.m. Oct. 30 at Pearl and Racine streets, when Holloway approached a 12-year-old girl, asking her to get into his minivan and then followed her until she met a friend. People later shared pictures of the minivan on social media, prompting Holloway to contact police and admit he contacted the girl.
-- 6:45 a.m. Nov. 10, when a 14-year-old girl was approached at the bus stop at 208 N. Main St. A man whom police believe was Holloway asked her name and if she needed a ride.
-- 7:20 a.m. Nov. 14, when a 12-year-old girl was approached at Memorial Drive and Randall Avenue by a man police believe was Holloway. She ignored him, and he used “derogatory words” against her before leaving.
-- 7:50 a.m. Nov. 16, when a man later identified in a photo lineup as Holloway approached a 16-year-old girl while she was with other children at the Janesville Bus Terminal. The man asked her what school she attends, what grade and if she wanted a ride.
Police used photo lineups to identify Holloway, as well as descriptions of the minivan, and although the girls' identifications of Holloway were “a little weak” in two cases, police are confident it was him because of other descriptions that matched the other incidents, Sheridan said.
One of the incidents was reported only recently, and it was only Tuesday morning when the police department's administration became aware of the pattern, Moore said.
Holloway was issued a disorderly conduct citation Nov. 17 for the Nov. 16 incident “as well as the continuing pattern of behavior,” police said.
He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Dec. 18.
Police say Holloway was convicted in 1985 of second-degree sexual assault and burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years probation. He is a lifetime sex registrant.
The 1985 case involved an adult woman, so he has not been forbidden to have contact with juveniles, police said.
Holloway served more than 23 years in prison in another sexual assault/burglary case until the conviction was overturned in 2016. The Wisconsin Innocence Project says evidence was weak, and DNA evidence ruled out Holloway.
Holloway was charged in August in Milwaukee with burglary, theft of a firearm and prohibited possession of a firearm. That matter is still pending in Milwaukee County Court, police said.
An irate Holloway called police on Wednesday afternoon and threatened a lawsuit, Sheridan said.