Convicted Sex Offender Cleared of New Charges in Bedford County

Bedford Co., VA - The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says it was a case of mistaken identity.

Thursday morning they released a registered sex offender who had been charged with being at a school bus stop. Donald Dove was set free and cleared of all charges.

Dove had been arrested last week, after a 13-year-old girl told investigators a man had approached her at the bus stop in Evington last Wednesday and asked her to go home with him.

Investigators say numerous witnesses had identified Dove as that man. Then Thursday morning they got a call about a man walking near the same bus stop, and after talking to him, he admitted it had been him last week who had approached the girl. Major Ricky Gardner says the two men have similar descriptions.

Since this man is not a convicted sex offender, no crime took place, though deputies told him his actions were highly inappropriate.