Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Christopher Malinak - Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender from Whitehall who's accused of trying to lure two young children into his pickup truck on the North Side last week will have to wait to face the charges against him.

Authorities arrested Christopher Malinak, 23, at a movie theater in the Waterfront on Friday.

According to investigators, Malinak approached a 9- and 11-year-old as they walked home from school on Tuesday near the intersection of Campus Street and Stanford Road in Brighton Heights.

Police say Malinak tried to get the children into his truck by telling them they could make some money.

Fortunately, the kids took off and told their mother what had happened.

After getting a tip that the suspect looked like a registered sex offender on the Megan's Law website, detectives discovered that Malinak was convicted of trying to lure a child into his vehicle in 2006.

Though he was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on the charges today, the hearing was postponed.

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