MEDFORD, Ore. -- Police are warning Medford residents to be wary of a smiling man with a Bible who recently was outside businesses seeking to shake hands with shoppers.

Police say he's a 40-year-old sex offender who has used magazine sales in the past to grope women during good-luck hugs.

Lt. Mike Budreau says people may shake his hand or give him a hug not knowing he may be motivated by sexual gratification.

The Mail Tribune reports ( ) Curtis Eugene Fleming was recognized Saturday by a Jackson County Community Justice employee.

Fleming was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

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