DECATUR — A registered Decatur sex offender who broke the law by visiting his child’s school without getting official permission first was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months probation.

Benjamin D. Mattingly, 29, pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to one count of being a child sex offender in a school zone, a Class 4 felony. He was also fined $300 and ordered to pay court costs.

Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said Mattingly had visited Parsons Elementary School on Jan. 25 and had not informed or sought the permission of the school board or district superintendent, as required by law.

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