Sex Offender Sparks Tighter Security At Local Farmers Markets

Posted: 4:55 PM, Jun 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-06 19:28:25-04
Sex Offender Sparks Tighter Security At Markets
Sex Offender Sparks Tighter Security At Markets

Wilson County deputies arrested a convicted sex offender, who allegedly invited a mother and child to his home after meeting them at the Hip Donelson Farmer's Market.

Daniel Harris was convicted of performing lewd and lascivious acts with a child in 2007. Recently, Harris was a vendor at the Donelson farmers market, where he sold eggs from chickens he keeps at his Wilson County home.

On Tuesday, a mother's Facebook post went viral after she detailed her experience with Harris.

"I needed a new egg person and he informed me that he has children come see his chickens, gather eggs, play with them and encouraged me to bring my son," wrote Mora Cole, who then visited Harris with her son and husband. "Dan didn’t seem too thrilled when my husband got out of the car to meet him for eggs. In fact, he looked pissed off and was looking to see if anyone else was in the vehicle. He had only spoke to me and didn’t know my husband was coming."

Cole later discovered Harris is a sex offender while searching online.

Shortly after her post, organizers banned Harris from returning to the Donelson farmers market as a vendor or customer. They also alerted other area markets.

Maggie Sidlinger, who oversees the Donelson market, said Harris denied the allegations in an email to her.

The incident has sparked security changes. Sidlinger said all vendors at the Donelson market will now be required to undergo a background check.

Harris sold eggs under the buisness name Dan's Happy Eggs. A website and Facebook page for his business was taken down between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Officials arrested him Wednesday for violating the sex offender registry.