Patch wants to help Lyons Township-area parents keep their kids safe this fall. With Halloween and trick-or-treating only a month away, we are providing information about registered sex offenders in the area.
In general, the laws center on sex offenders registering in person each year the local police department. They must do so for a required 10-year registration period, unless they are separately required to register for life. Offenders are prohibited from living within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, youth center or other facility that caters to children younger than 18 years old.
Sex Offenders in Your Neighborhood
A search of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry links 10 registered sex offenders with known addresses in the 60525, 60526 and 60558 zip codes. This covers La Grange, La Grange Park, Western Springs, Indian Head Park, Countryside, Hodgkins and McCook.
In addition to the listed offenders, the Registry also lists two offenders with La Grange addresses who are currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections system: Desmond Clark, 25, convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 13-year-old victim at age 19 and failure to report annually, and Robert Williams (alias Robert Jones), 44, convicted of criminal sexual assaut by force of an 18-year-old victim at age 20 and of two counts of violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
Finally, the Registry lists Kevin A. Parilli, 34, of numerous aliases, as having an unknown address in Hodgkins from which he has since fled without notification.
How the Map Works
The map is interactive, meaning you can zoom in, zoom out, or move it around to see all the plotted points.
Floating your cursor over one of the markers will give you the name of the sex offender and his address. Double clicking on the marker will give you more information about the specific charge.
The yellow markers represent sex offenders who are not listed as sexual predators. The remaining red pins are those who are labeled as sexual predators in the registry. ("Sexual predator" refers to offenders convicted of any of a number of particular violations.)
The term refers to anyone convicted after July 1, 1999 of certain violations in the Criminal Code of 1961. Sexual predators are required to register for their entire lives.
Who Needs to Register?
Persons convicted of misdemeanor or felony sex crimes involving children under age 18 as well as adult victims are required to register their addresses with the local law enforcement agency in the communities where they reside once a year, under the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. The same rules apply to out-of-state sex offenders who move to or work in Illinois, as well as out-of-state students attending a state college or university.
The Illinois State Police maintain a detailed Sex Offender Registry of all of the state's registered sex offenders that is available to the public. There, citizens can look up and find the registered sex offenders living in their own communities. Local police departments throughout the state feed information about the individual sex offenders registered in their jurisdictions to the state database.
Similar requirements for registration are also in effect for sex crimes committed against adults — especially adults with disabilities.
A sex offender must register annually in person at the local police department for the duration of the required 10-year registration period.
In addition, registered sex offenders are prohibited from residing within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, youth center or other facility catering to children under age 18.