Arlington Heights has 30 registered sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, 25 of whom are classified as sexual predators. Some are not compliant with the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act, according to Illinois State Police records.
It’s important to note that three of the sex offenders is in the Illinois Department of Corrections according to the registry. They are:
In addition, according to the registry, the whereabouts of Edward A. Barton is currently unknown. He was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse/victim 13-16 out of Rock Island County. Barton has fled the address given on registration records without notification.
Pins on the map below represent addresses of offenders convicted of sex crimes. Roll your cursor over the pins, and you will see more information pop up, including the registered sex offender’s image, name, address, current age, convictions, and the age of the offender and victim at the time of the offense.
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Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries play a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress that most perpetrators are known to the child.
The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the National Sex Offender Public Website, estimates that only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
The Justice Department estimates 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members but rather family friends, babysitters, child care providers and others, and 30 percent of child victims are abused by family members. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates.
The Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, a nonprofit organization for clinicians, researchers, educators, law enforcement and court officials involved in sexual abuse cases, cautions that children do not face a heightened risk during the Halloween season: “There is no change in the rate of sexual crimes by non-family members during Halloween. That was true both before and after communities enacted laws to restrict the activities of registrants during Halloween. The crimes that do increase around Halloween are vandalism and property destruction, as well as theft, assault, and burglary.”