Indiana Sex Offender Arrested in Franklin County IL
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#1 Oct 19, 2012
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- An Indiana man was arrested on Friday for moving to West Frankfort without letting authorities know.
Devere Abair Jr., 47, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender, theft, and possession of child pornography.
"If there's a predator living in our jurisdiction then we want to know about it," said Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones.
The call from U.S. Marshals on Friday was a concern to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. Marshals informed them that Abair, a convicted child molester, was in their area.
"Why would a sexual predator not want to register, you know?" said Jones. "Probably because they intend to violate the law."
Abair's record goes back to the mid-90s and contains convictions for child molestation and exploiting a five-year-old. He relocated from Indiana months ago, renting a home in West Frankfort and working in Benton.
"You have three days in Illinois, and I think most of the states are similar, to let that jurisdiction know that I have moved here," said Jones.
Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, just a couple hours after local law enforcement learned Abair was living in West Frankfort, authorities showed up at his home and arrested him without incident.
Police believe Abair had an idea officers were searching for him and was trying to cover his tracks. They say he stole a hard drive from his work.
That wasn't all investigators found.
"Our forensic people have discovered some child pornography on his computer," said Jones.
Jones is relieved Abair is now in custody. He feels it's important to keep track of dangerous offenders.
"See if they are in compliance with where they say they live," said Jones, "where they say they work, what they say they drive."
Police also have the authority to check a sex offender's computer.
Jones says they have no reason to believe Abair has harmed anyone in the area. However, as part of the investigation, they will be looking to see if there are any victims.
Abair is being held on $150,000 bond and could face more charges.
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