The Strasburg man who pleaded guilty to helping his son elude police last summer was recently charged by the Bridgewater police department on sex offense charges.
Edward Cook, 63, of 155 W. Washington St., is facing one count of loitering at a school after having a child sex offense conviction and one count of actual or simulated masturbation in public after his June 20 arrest.
He is being held without bond at the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg Jail. He is due in Rockingham County/Harrisonburg General District Court 10 a.m. Aug. 27.
Details of the incident leading up to the arrest were not immediately available as no criminal complaint was filed in Rockingham County/Harrisonburg General District Court. The Bridgewater Police Department declined to provide any information because the investigation is ongoing.
But the warrants for his arrest state the incident for both charges happened on May 25 in Rockingham County.
Cook has several prior convictions in Shenandoah County including carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13-15 in 2001. He was also convicted for incest, burglary, larceny, a probation violation and more.
He was also convicted on a charge of obstructing/resisting arrest without force in Shenandoah County General District Court last year for helping his son, Justin Cook, elude the Strasburg Police Department. The father was sentenced to six months in prison, all suspended, with one year of probation as a felony accessory after the fact charge against him was dropped.
Justin Cook, 27, of Strasburg, pleaded guilty to a felony eluding charge in June in the same incident and was sentenced to two years in prison with all but four months suspended, followed by two years of supervised release.
The convictions against both Cooks for the incident stem from a nearly weeklong search for Justin Cook, who led police on a multi-county car chase after Strasburg police attempted to stop him in town. He had multiple arrest warrants in West Virginia for parole violations after committing a burglary.