A traffic stop on April 17 resulted in a convicted child molester going back to jail.
Around 3 p.m. last Tuesday, Watkinsville police stopped the driver of a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer for traveling at a high rate of speed on North Main Street. The 26-year-old Greensboro woman was cited for speeding. She had an 18-month-old child and a six-week-old baby in the SUV with her.
According to a news release from Police Chief Lee O’Dillon, a passenger in the vehicle, who refused to co-operate or identify himself, was finally identified as Willie John Merritt, 45, of Greensboro. Merritt is a convicted child molester and a registered sex offender forbidden from being in the company of children, O’Dillon noted. The Georgia Department Of Corrections advised Watkinsville police of an outstanding probation violation warrant and Merritt was taken into