Federal program funded for communities in Illinois to report non-compliant sex offenders

By on July 4, 2010

STATE—Parents For Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PFML/CVC) announced the expansion of their Sex Offender Registration Tips Program (SORT) to include communities in Illinois.

The agency is now providing parents and community members across Illinois two interactive resources, the agency Megan’s Law Helpline, (888) ASK-PFML, and their website, www.parentsformeganslaw.org, to report registered sex offenders who are believed to be out of compliance with; registration requirements, employment restrictions, conditions of probation or parole, or who are in positions of trust where they access potential child victims.

All SORT tips are triaged by PFML analysts who are retired law enforcement professionals with more than 40 years of investigative and supervisory experience. Viable leads and supporting documentation are forwarded to the appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement or criminal justice agency for follow-up action. SORT tips have resulted in the identification of out-of-compliance registered sex offenders and sex offenders working in positions of trust with children, and they have provided law enforcement agencies with information that has facilitated the successful conclusion of criminal investigations. PFML also collaborates closely with Facebook and MySpace to remove registrants from their social networking sites.

Because of SORT tips, analysts have taken actions to mitigate potentially dangerous situations, such as sending a registered sex offender back to prison after he was identified as residing in a state registered child day care center where he could access children; preventing a convicted former middle-school teacher required to register as a sex offender from gaining employment as an in-home children’s tutor for a reputable tutoring company; identifying and reporting a registered sex offender convicted of sexually victimizing a 4-year-old boy while babysitting, who had absconded and failed to register; informing parents at a karate school at which the sensei is a registered sex offender convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old; and identifying, locating and reporting registered sex offenders in violation of conditions of probation, parole, local employment or restriction laws.

This program is funded by the U.S. Justice Department.

PFML is a nonprofit national organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse and provision of services to all victims of violent crime. The agency is a Certified Rape Crisis Center and staffs the National Megan’s Law Helpline and Sex Offender Registration Tips (SORT) Program.