By Allen Payton
Kenneth Ray Turnage, Sr. the father of Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Turnage, II, a candidate for the Antioch City Council in the November election, was arrested on Wednesday for violating his parole, according to Antioch Police. Turnage, Sr., age 66, was attending a memorial service at Most Holy Rosary Catholic church on A Street in Antioch. Because it was too close to the Holy Rosary Catholic School, located next door, he was arrested.
According to Antioch Police Sergeant Tom Fuhrmann, county parole agents responded to an alert they had received from an ankle monitor of a parolee at a location he was not supposed to be.
“Turnage, Sr. is on parole from prison for sexual assault,” Furhmann stated. He was not allowed to be on or near any school campus.
“He was removed from the church and arrested,” Furhmann added. “The school was informed and was placed on lock down.”
Turnage, Sr., was arrested in July, 2009 for “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age,” according to the Megan’s Law website. He was released from prison, earlier this year.
When reached for comment, Turnage II, the candidate, who is 44-years-old, made the following statement:
“Yes, my father, who is a parolee was arrested for being too close to a school, which was in violation of his parole. I do not have any further information at this time, because I do not keep in contact with my father. We have been estranged since he was released from incarceration on May 16, 2016.”
Fuhrmann said Turnage, Sr. would most likely “get a slap on the wrist for this and be released.”
No further details were provided, and no press release is expected from the Antioch Police Department about the incident. To view the Megan’s Law website, click here. To see locations of registered sex offenders in Antioch on the CrimeReports.com website, click here.