Local investigators are trying to figure out how a repeat offender was able to get clearance to go on a school campus. Police arrested Quanzda Hillsman Wednesday on allegations he sexually assaulted a 12 year old at Oscar Patterson Elementary School.
According to court records, Hillsman was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual battery in 2009 after sexually assaulting an 8 year old. In 1998, Springfield police apprehended him for grabbing an 11 year old and began dragging her to a wooded area. He later admitted to police that it was his intention to have sexual intercourse with the juvenile female had he been able to drag her into the woods.
Due to a brain tumor, Hillsman had been rendered mentally incompetent to stand trial, but according to records, he had been put into a mental hospital in Georgia at one time, although police are unsure why he is in Bay County.
Officials hope that the court will take Hillsman off the street if the issue of his mental competence is brought up again. "What we would hope is that there is a very strong consideration if that issue is brought up again and determined to be valid by the court" said Major Tommy Ford of the Bay County Sheriff's Office. "There should be a serious consideration for long term commitment because he's a dangerous individual."