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updated: 7/15/2011 4:15 PM

Des Plaines sex offender charged again

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  • Jeffrey Jewitt

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Daily Herald report

A registered sex offender from Des Plaines faces charges in connection with two attempts to lure a 12-year-old boy into a car earlier this month.

Jeffrey Jewitt, 29, of the 1600 block of South Chestnut, was arrested this week by Elmwood Park police and charged with child abduction/luring and being within a school zone as a registered sex offender, police said.

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Bond was set at $5 million on the new charges Friday at the Cook County courthouse in Maywood. Authorities also have placed a parole violation hold on Jewitt.

Acting Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said Jewitt was identified through both a composite sketch and police lineup after the two abduction attempts.

The first occurred July 5 when a man approached a Chicago boy who was riding a bicycle at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Thatcher avenues in Elmwood Park and claimed to be a distant relative.

The second attempt occurred July 7 when the same man approached the same boy leaving the Oak Park Country Club at 2001 N. Thatcher Ave.

A composite sketch the boy helped prepare was distributed to various police agencies, Fagiano said. From that, Jewitt was identified as a potential suspect. The boy later identified him through a lineup, police said.

Jewitt is in the Illinois sex offender database for two previous convictions -- abduction/luring of a child under 16 into a vehicle and sexual exploitation of a child under 13.

Jewitt's Illinois State Police record labels him as a sexual predator whose victim was 12 years old.

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