Patch wants to help parents keep their kids safe this Halloween. As the bewitching hour nears — trick-or-treating is from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 — become familiar with regulations regarding registered sex offenders in your area.
Currently, there are 13 registered sex offenders living in Oswego, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. More than half of those are listed as sexual predators.
Red markers indicate a sexual predator, of which the violations listed here must have occurred. Yellow markers indicate a sex offender.
The following registered sex offenders do not have addresses on the above map.
- One sex offender is listed as non-compliant, meaning he has not registered. Carl Chatman, 59, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault/weapon. His current address is listed in Berwyn.
- One sex offender in Oswego is listed as "location unknown,"meaning he vacated his last residence and has not registered. His is also is non-compliant. Jorge Humberto Corral, 39, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Corral was 19 at the time and the victim was 13.
- Another Oswego sex offender is currently listed as location Cook County Jail. Robert J. Dodero, 35, was charged with child pornography/film/photos and violation of sex offender registry. Dodero was 27 at the time of the offense and the victim was 16. (sexual predator)
- Kyle Evan Powell, 27, is listed as living at the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was charged with criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13-17.
Rules for Halloween
In July 2005, a new state law was passed barring registered sex offenders from participating in any holiday event involving children, including Halloween. This same law also prohibits sex offenders from dressing as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
During Halloween, 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. While those sex offenders are still barred from handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, other household members can participate in Halloween activities.
To avoid violating the law, 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. Registered sex offenders also are prohibited from leaving the house dressed in costumes.
"They can wear a costume if they are home," Master Sgt. Isiah Vega, a spokesman for the Illinois State Police, told Patch last year. "But if they leave the house in costume, it's considered participating in a holiday event involving children."
Registered sex offenders who break the rules may be subject to fines or revocation of their parole or probation.
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.