Educate yourself: Know who are the registered sex offenders around you

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Do you remember these incidents of attempted kidnappings?

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Do you remember these incidents of attempted kidnappings?

On April 25 at 9 a.m. an 11-year-old girl was walking to school in the 10400 block of South State Street when a man driving a black vehicle began following her. The tried to get the girl into the vehicle by offering money and a cellphone.

No.

How about this one?

Four children, ages 4 to 12, were walking to school the morning of March 26 in the 2100 block of West Jarvis when an older model white van with tinted windows approached them at 7232 N. Ridge.

Don’t recall that one either? Here’s another.

On February 9 around 3 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Lawndale, a man tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl.

There are thousands of sex offenders living in Illinois, and many could be living closer to you than you think. Here’s how to find out.

While women are part of the sex offender population, most offenders are men, according to figures from the Illinois State Police.

A complete list of registered sex offenders in Illinois can be found at www.isp.state.il.us/sor.

Not all sex offenders register their address with law enforcement as required by law, or update their information if moved.

According to state law, a person charged with a sexual offense identified in Illinois Compiled Statutes 730 ILCS 150/2(B) is listed as a sex offender when the charge results in a conviction or finding of not guilty by reason of insanity.

But, not all sex offenders are predatory. Some are engaged in consensual, albeit illegal, sexual activity. Other examples include those convicted of child pornography.

As a result of stiffer Illinois laws, law enforcement agencies now post photos, address and criminal background histories on sex offenders on the state’s sex offender registry website.

State law requires that all sex offenders re-register once a year, with their respective law enforcement agencies. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office usually requires sex offenders to do this at least twice a year.

In addition to re-registering, the offenders are each required to view a video which reiterates the responsibilities and rules they must know and follow, as a sex offender in Illinois. Including, but not limited to, restrictions on the proximity of their home address in relation to parks and schools; employment restrictions; internet restrictions and updating their home address and employment information on a regular basis. It also explains any new laws that have been put in place they need to be aware of.

Copyright 2012 Chicago Defender

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