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Sex Offender Watch: Know Which Houses to Avoid on Halloween

Patch helps you stay in the know this Halloween with a map locating each registered sex offender in Oak Forest and Midlothian.

Map information from the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.

 

As your little ones and not-so-little-ones prepare to go door to door for Trick or Treat this Halloween, Patch offers a map of our town's registered sex offenders.

Know :

  • Registered sex offenders are not allowed to distribute candy to children; however, the law does give leeway to sex offenders who are parents or legal guardians of children under age 18 living in the home.
  • Registered sex offenders often are advised by police to keep porch lights turned off to avoid attracting children on Halloween and to not answer the door.
  • Sex offenders are ordered to report to their respective districts where they will view a 20-minute, educational video detailing their responsibilities and requirements under the law, such as not living with 500 feet of a school, no social networking, and regularly updating their home address.

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OF September 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Thank you patch
O.F. Resident September 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
12 to many
Lauren Traut (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
You're welcome, Ray. :)
Bobby Budnick September 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I agree, 12 to many!! Its creepy knowing I went to high school with someone on that list. He was a weirdo back then too!
IL Citizen September 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Concerning registered sex offenders listed as "sexual predators," this could benefit from the reporter doing a little homework while writing their story. In IL, being labeled as a "sexual predator" does not automatically mean the offender is any more dangerous than any other RSO. The "sexual predator" classification is solely based on offense. Even a non-violent, no-contact, 1st-time offense can label someone as a "sexual predator." Because so many offenses are listed under the "sexual predator" category, over 50% of all RSOs in IL are classified as "sexual predators." I would like to see what else the Patch "discovered" about the RSOs in town, such as how many are family men just trying to make a life for themselves by finding work & a home for their families only to be under the microscope every day of the year, especially near Halloween. Or the then 18-yo senor in high school who was dating a junior just shy of 17 who is still paying the price 10+ years later. Why not dig a little deeper and write a story about them?
Lauren Traut (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Hi, IL Citizen. To clarify, we did not report in the story that being labeled as a sexual predator makes an offender any more dangerous than any other. The distinction we made was that those classified as sexual predators are required to register for their entire lives. As for stories on individual offenders, that's an interesting idea, and one I would definitely consider. In regards to an 18 y.o. senior dating a junior just shy of 17, are you referring specifically to one of these offenders? Not sure I find one who fits that description, based on the information from the registry. Lauren
IL Citizen September 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Thank you for the reply. I wasn't saying that it was specifically mentioned that those with the "sexual predator" label are more dangerous than other RSOs, just that it would be nice if reporters would dig deeper into what being listed on the registry means. There is no way for the average citizen to understand what the registry is all about. Reading stories in the news is how many of them get this information. It would be helpful if MORE information was given in stories like this. Otherwise, the assumption is that everyone listed on the registry pose a great and immediate danger to society. One of the limitations of the registry being a useful tool is that it contains inaccurate and misleading information. Someone convicted in a "Romeo & Juliet" relationship most likely has the offense of "Criminal Sexual Abuse." Does the public know what that means? Probably not. Also, sometimes the age listed as age at time of offense is actually the age at time of conviction. A 20- or 21-yo convicted of "Criminal Sexual Abuse" with a victim of 16 sounds a lot worse than an 18-yo with an almost-17-yo girlfriend. It takes a lot or research to begin to fully understand the information listed on the registry. Unfortunately, many people take it at face value.
IL Citizen September 28, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Lauren, Thank you for the reply. I wasn't saying that it was specifically mentioned that those with the "sexual predator" label are more dangerous than other RSOs, just that it would be nice if reporters would dig deeper into what being listed on the registry means. There is no way for the average citizen to understand what the registry is all about. Reading stories in the news is how many of them get this information. It would be helpful if MORE information was given in stories like this. Otherwise, the assumption is that everyone listed on the registry pose a great and immediate danger to society. One of the limitations of the registry being a useful tool is that it contains inaccurate and misleading information. Someone convicted in a "Romeo & Juliet" relationship most likely has the offense of "Criminal Sexual Abuse." Does the public know what that means? Probably not. Also, sometimes the age listed as age at time of offense is actually the age at time of conviction. A 20- or 21-yo convicted of "Criminal Sexual Abuse" with a victim of 16 sounds a lot worse than an 18-yo with an almost-17-yo girlfriend. It takes a lot or research to begin to fully understand the information listed on the registry. Unfortunately, many people take it at face value.
Tonia September 28, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I know of at least 85 young men in Illinois who are on the registry for consensual teenage sex - and they had a four-year age difference. Add another year and that number goes up. Most parents of a 15-year-old girl would not want their daughter dating someone 18 - and understandably so. The problem is this is already happening and if a parent calls the police on the 18-year-old, his life is over. He is labeled a sex offender, unable to EVER live near a school, park, day care, etc. and unable to EVER take any future children he might have to day care, school, the park, sporting events, a bike trail, a family reunion in a park, graduations, and so much more. You won't find a case where the offense says "Romeo and Juliet" or "consensual relationship." What you will see is Criminal Sexual Abuse or Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (because of one more year age difference) or even Criminal Sexual Abuse with force. I personally know a young man who is labeled "with force" ONLY because he took a deal to get rid of a topless photo charge. He and his girlfriend were together for 3 years (he was 19 and she was 16 when he was arrested) and to avoid child pornography charges, a lifetime on the registry, and the label of a "sexual predator," he took the deal. Now it appears as if he raped his long-time girlfriend. He is no threat to your children. Don't be too quick to judge those on the registry. It's easier than you think to find someone you love on the registry ... for life.
Stones September 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Maybe the solution is, they should have girlfriends their own age. Your example of 19 years old and 16 years old, means at one time, it was 16 and 13. Clearly it is inappropriate for a junior in high school to have an 8th grade girlfriend. Would you want that for your daughter?
LISA HINES September 30, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Why can we not see the public safety article about the attempted sexual assault?? When you click on it, it opens up the public saftey page, but you cannot access it. Sorry to post my question here, but since it seemed related and I was wondering about the answer. Thanks.
Sue1 October 02, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I think the point that is being made is that there may need to be categories or further classifications added. Someone 19 dating someone 17 is not the same as a 60 year old molesting a 5 year old, yet from the information provided it looks like they are.
Lauren Traut (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Hi, Lisa. Sorry, which article are you talking about? I'm a bit confused by your question. Lauren
Scott October 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
How about moving your cursor over and clicking on the "Illinois Sex Offender Registry" in the article, that link will give you that information. It took you longer to gripe about it than to access the info.
LISA HINES October 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Hi Lauren, On Sunday you ran an article about a woman fending off a attempted sexual assault, and yet when I went to click the link, it just opened up the general public safety page. So I tried clicking the link through there, and the same public safety page opened again. Must have been a glitch somewhere, but I tried to do it on two separate occasions. Thanks for responding.
Baba Wawa October 03, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Same thing happens frequently to me, Lisa. New tabs open up in Firefox over and over displaying the same thing.
Lauren Traut (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Hi, guys. This is a post that brings you to the topic page, so you can get a glimpse of the top stories related to police and fire news that week. You tried clicking on the individual links listed on the page? Lauren
LISA HINES October 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Yes. I tried multiple times to click the link to that specific article included on that page.
Lauren Traut (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I'm not sure what the problem could be. I'm sorry. But, here's the article you're looking for, and feel free to email me directly with any problems in the future. http://oakforest.patch.com/articles/don-t-invite-strangers-into-your-home-police-blotter
Scott October 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The point is that if you just click on the link provided all of that information is available to you. It's highlighted in blue under: "Sex Offenders in Your Neighborhood" Patch simply gave us an over view.
Hamish October 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Fortunately you are wrong in this matter...... (720 ILCS 5/11-9.3) (c-2) It is unlawful for a child sex offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under 18 years of age, including but not limited to distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume on or preceding Christmas, being employed as a department store Santa Claus, or wearing an Easter Bunny costume on or preceding Easter. For the purposes of this subsection, child sex offender has the meaning as defined in this Section, but does not include as a sex offense under paragraph (2) of subsection (d) of this Section, the offense under subsection (c) of Section 11-1.50 of this Code. This subsection does not apply to a child sex offender who is a parent or guardian of children under 18 years of age that are present in the home and other non-familial minors are not present.
IL Citizen October 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
It looks as though the information you cite has already been added to the statute. However, according to the bill that was filed and signed into law this past session (SB3579), the effective date for these new restrictions is Jan 1, 2013. Otherwise, current law should still reflect that the restrictions are only for those on probation or parole. At least for the remainder of 2012.
Hamish October 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Just an honest question.... Are you one of these offenders? you seem to advocate for them.
Hamish October 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I dont think the dating of a 16 year old is the problem.... I think the 19 year old having illegal sex with the 16 year old is the problem.
Brian Ahlgrim October 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I believe that this is a parent issue also. Of the 85 plus men you cite, how many have a fatherless home???? Also, there are very loose guidelines to living near schools, parks, etc... I had to fight to get one out of our complex, because my landlord wouldn't. I have a daughter that is 13, and even though he may do no harm, he made the choice. These boys you cite, do they have a brain in their head??? Don't they realize this. Your argument holds no merit in my book. Even your "Romeo and Juliet" reference disgusts me. This is 2012, not 1600's. I have to assume you either work with these boys or something like that to know 85 of them. Parents, education, and an ounce of thought makes this unnecessary.
Brian Ahlgrim October 24, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I will agree both of you on this, it is different. There are classifications to RSO's. Some register for 10 years, others for life. As I had stated earlier in a response, where are the parents in all this??? This wasn't a topic when I grew up(I'm 44), or maybe I was just to into sports and HS to listen. People had sex, people had illegal sex. Parents better start getting this, and especially the non-custodial if a divorce, cause it is here to stay.
NANCY GRACE October 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Theres a older man around the corner from me, name is ray sebastin. He stares at females with binoculurs from his window...he is not a rso but gives many the chills. what he does isnt illegal but odd just fyi.
GS October 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Just another reason to carry a pistol when walking the dog. The 2nd Amendment doesn't stop at your front door.
Tired of the B.S. October 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
GS, Unfortunately, the 2nd Amendment stops at the border of Illinois. It really stops at the border of Cook county.
Tired of the B.S. October 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I think that the Oak Forest police should go to these offenders homes with a decoy and trick or treat, kind of like they use a decoy to try to purchase cigarettes or alcohol from stores. Any offender that opens the door should then be arrested and locked up. I also question how an offender like Dantoni R. Washington, who was convicted of criminal sexual abuse of a 13 year old when he was 26, can live as close as he does to a child care center, a high school, library, and the Oak Forest Central Park Building Center. I thought there were laws in place to try to keep offenders such as Dantoni far away from places where children congregate.

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