DECATUR — Anthony L. Gray, a registered sexual predator living in Decatur, is ready to plead guilty to violating sex offender registration rules, a judge was told Wednesday.
Gray, 40, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and his public defender, David Ellison, told Judge Phoebe Bowers that Gray wanted to change his not guilty plea to guilty. The case was set for a disposition hearing Thursday before Judge Jeffrey Geisler.
Gray had been arrested by Decatur police April 24 after officers were alerted by the Department of Children and Family Services, court documents show. Agents for the DCFS had taken custody of a 9-year-old child and its 15-month-old sibling and a sworn affidavit said police were informed the children had been staying in a room shared by their mother and Gray.
Police Officer Charles Hendricks had said in the affidavit that, under sex offender registration rules, Gray should have reported he had children staying with him to police. Hendricks said Gray, when questioned, acknowledged the living arrangements and said “he had made a mistake” by not informing law enforcement.
Gray is subject to sex offender registration rules after being convicted of two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree in Missouri in 2007. The offenses involved a 7-year-old girl and Gray was sentenced to seven years in prison. Hendricks said the crimes are the equivalent of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under Illinois law.
Gray is being held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $10,000 bond.