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updated: 9/27/2012 7:22 PM

4 years for Des Plaines man who tried to lure child

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A 31-year-old Des Plaines man was sentenced to 4 years in prison, after he was convicted following a bench trial on charges he attempted to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car last year in Elmwood Park.

Police say Jeffrey Jewitt, a registered sex offender, tried to lure the child into his car by claiming he was a distant relative. A few days later, at a different location, Jewitt approached the same boy and made another attempt to lure him, police said.

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The victim told his parents, who contacted authorities both times, Cook County prosecutors said in a statement.

The boy helped prepare a composite sketch of the man who approached him, police said. That sketch was distributed to several police agencies, leading to the identification of Jewitt as a suspect. The boy later identified him through a police lineup, prosecutors said.

At the time of his arrest in July 2011, Jewitt was on probation and registered as a sex offender for two 2009 convictions for trying to lure two girls into his car and for child exploitation, prosecutors said.

Jewitt received credit for the 443 days he has spent in custody.

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