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BLOOMINGTON — A man residing in Gridley faces charges related to the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. 

Thomas J. Lewis, 38, was charged Friday in McLean County with two counts of violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act, Class 2 felonies, and one count of child sex offender residence violation, a Class 4 felony. 


In a probable cause statement, prosecutors said Lewis most recently registered his address with law enforcement in Streator in LaSalle County. 

They said Lewis informed Chenoa Police Chief Travis Cornwall on May 17 that he intended to move to an address in Gridley in McLean County.

Cornwall told Lewis he could not register at that address, as it is within 500 feet of a park where children play, violating the Sex Offender Registration Act.

This act also says a sex offender must register “with the chief of police in the municipality in which he or she resides or is temporarily domiciled for of time of 3 or more days.”

Additionally, when sex offenders register, they must report whether they are living with juveniles who are not their children.

Prosecutors said Cornwall saw Lewis at the Gridley address Sept. 12 after learning he had moved there in August.

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Officers from the Chenoa Police Department observed the address between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, a three-day time period in which prosecutors allege Lewis was staying there. 

Prosecutors also said two juvenile children who do not belong to Lewis live at the address.

On Nov. 2, Cornwall observed Lewis leaving the residence and arrested him for those three registration violations.

While Lewis’ charges are detainable offenses, the state did not seek to detain him, and he was released with mandatory conditions.

His next court appearance is 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

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Contact D. Jack Alkire at (309)820-3275. 

Twitter: @d_jack_alkire

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