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DECATUR — A registered sexual predator living in Decatur is facing a felony charge for violating sex offender registration rules by failing to tell police he had been sharing a room with a woman and her two children, both younger than 13.

The 40-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and booked on a preliminary count of violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police officer Charles Hendricks said police became aware of the situation after the Department of Children and Family Services took custody of the children.

Hendricks said the children’s mother told him that she and the children had been sharing a room with the man for a week. Hendricks said the man acknowledged he should have told police he was living with children and said “he made a mistake.”

The man was sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted of two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree in Missouri in 2007, the offenses involving a girl younger than 13. Hendricks said the crimes are the equivalent of the predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under Illinois law.

The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of posting $10,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to have no contact with anyone younger than 18.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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