TCSO says a probation officer spotted 42-year-old Guy Smith coming out of a Thomasville childcare center Tuesday (2/22) afternoon.
Investigators say Smith ran when the officer tried to stop him, but they found and arrested him at home.
TCSO says Smith, who served ten years for child molestation and statutory rape, violated the terms of his probation by being near children without an approved chaperone.
Deputies say a judge will determine whether Smith must serve the remainder of his probation behind bars.
The childcare center was owned by Smith's mother before she passed away, and is still currently owned by a family member.