Maryland State Police have charged a convicted sex offender with violating his probation after a state trooper saw him with a child.
Police said 35-year-old Charles Purdum of Westminster was walking through a store with a 10-year-old boy and a woman July 14.
Troopers say he is a registered sex offender who is barred from contact with boys under the age of 18. Police said Purdum was alone with the boy while the woman, his mother, shopped in other parts of the store.
Purdum is being held without bond after being arrested Wednesday afternoon for violating his probation.