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Supreme Court says man must register as sex offender

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By Marty Hobe

A DuPage County man has to remain on the state sex offender registry after his bid to remove himself was rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday.

Christopher Bailey of Clarendon Hills pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexual assault involving his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was 17.

Bailey, now 25, argued the judge in the original case told him he didn't have to register as a sex offender. But when he was forced to do so in 2010, Bailey asked that his original sentence be tossed out.

The Supreme Court Thursday voted unanimously to reject that request, calling it "untimely." The court ruled that too much time had passed between Bailey's sentencing and his bid to overturn it.

"We're pleased that the court's decision clarifies a specific area of Illinois law" concerning the timeliness of cases like this one, said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

Bailey is being held in DuPage County Jail, having been charged with failing to register as a sex offender. His attorney, Jaime Montgomery, said Bailey doesn't have further options for appeal.

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