She says that man was 54-year old John McCullough. He works at Villa Pizza and was making a delivery. It happened at Mattoon Middle School. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley investigated.
McCullough is a registered sex offender who sexually abused a 12-year old and served years in prison. Kassey Smith was leaving that day in her past until it was brought back to life Thursday afternoon.
It was a normal Valentine's Day for Kassey Smith. She was making plans with her husband, but decided to go see her son at school first. When she was leaving the building, she saw McCullough; the same man she says touched her as a child.
Enraged, she ran to her car and called police. Villa Pizza says McCullough was making a delivery. They got busy and didn't realize McCullough was being sent to the school.
The owners say they hired him because they wanted to give him a second chance at life. Other workers say McCullough lives with his wife and two kids and was trying to turn it all around.
But, seeing him brought Smith's life to a slamming halt. She couldn't believe the man who changed her life was in the same building as her son.
The law states a registered sex offender can not knowingly be at a school. If they must, they have to let someone know they are a sex offender and be supervised while in the building.
The district's superintendent says McCullough did not tell anyone his status. Now, Smith is doing all she can to get the word out and stop history from repeating itself.
Villa Pizza's owner says he fired McCullough because he knows he's not allowed near a school. The police chief could not be reached for comment. No word if McCullough will face any charges.
A registered sex offender can not live within 500-feet of a school, park or daycare. They also can not live within 500-feet of their victim. They also can not hold a job which would give them access to minors.