Sex offender pleads innocent to going to park with young-looking female

The Tri-City HeraldJuly 3, 2014 

A convicted sex offender who has been told to stay out of all Richland parks pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations he was caught going into Howard Amon Park with a young-looking female.

Tory Levi Berg, 21, faces an Aug. 25 trial in Benton County Superior Court on one count of criminal trespass against children.

Berg was convicted in 2005 of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and is registered as a Level 2 sex offender.

In February 2013, he signed a trespass notice acknowledging that he was not to enter any Richland park.

Then on June 27, the Benton County Sheriff's Office employee who handles the sex offender registrations and personally issued the notice to Berg, was driving on George Washington Way when she saw Berg with the girl, court documents said. The two crossed the road and entered the grassy area of the park, documents said.

The sheriff's office employee flagged down a Richland police officer, who then stopped Berg and talked to him.

Berg said he was aware he wasn't to enter the park, but questioned if the swim dock on the Columbia River was within the park. He was told the dock was in park boundaries, and was arrested.

Berg's bail is set at $5,000.

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