Sex Offender Watch: A Map of Plano Homes to Keep on Your Radar This Halloween

There are 19 registered sex offenders listed as living in Plano, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.

Patch wants to help Plano parents keep their kids safe this fall. With Halloween and trick-or-treating only a month away, we are providing information about registered sex offenders in the area.

In general, the laws center on sex offenders registering in person each year the local police department. They must do so for a required 10-year registration period, unless they are separately required to register for life. Offenders are prohibited from living within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, youth center or other facility that caters to children younger than 18 years old.

Sex Offenders in the 60545 Zip Code

There are 19 sex offenders registered in the 60545 zip code as of Oct. 2, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. Of those, 11 are labeled sexual predators.

Of those 19, three are in prison:

• Edward J. Barkes, 47, was convicted in Kendall County of criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 17.

• Justin L. Huenefeld, 38, was convicted in Missouri of criminal sexual assault, child sex offender in a school zone and violating the sex offender registration. The victim was 14 and he was 17 at the time of the offense. (For out-of-state convictions, the most substantially similar Illinois offense is listed.)

• Rodolfo Zapata, 27, was convicted in Kendall County of criminal sexual assault.

How the Map Works

The map is interactive, meaning you can zoom in, zoom out, or move it around to see all the plotted points.

Floating your cursor over one of the markers will give you the name of the sex offender and his address. Double clicking on the marker will give you more information about the specific charge.

The yellow markers represent sex offenders who are not listed as sexual predators. The remaining red pins are those who are labeled as sexual predators in the registry.

The term refers to anyone convicted after July 1, 1999 of certain violations in the Criminal Code of 1961. Sexual predators are required to register for their entire lives.

Who Needs to Register?

Persons convicted of misdemeanor or felony sex crimes involving children under age 18 as well as adult victims are required to register their addresses with the local law enforcement agency in the communities where they reside once a year, under the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. The same rules apply to out-of-state sex offenders who move to or work in Illinois, as well as out-of-state students attending a state college or university.

The Illinois State Police maintain a detailed Sex Offender Registry of all of the state's registered sex offenders that is available to the public. There, citizens can look up and find the registered sex offenders living in their own communities. Local police departments throughout the state feed information about the individual sex offenders registered in their jurisdictions to the state database.

Similar requirements for registration are also in effect for sex crimes committed against adults — especially adults with disabilities.

A sex offender must register annually in person at the local police department for the duration of the required 10-year registration period.

In addition, registered sex offenders are prohibited from residing within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, youth center or other facility catering to children under age 18.

Rules for Halloween

In July 2005, a new state law was passed barring registered sex offenders from participating in any holiday event involving children, including Halloween. This same law also prohibits sex offenders from dressing as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

During Halloween, sex offenders are not allowed to distribute candy to children; however, the law does give leeway to sex offenders who are parents or legal guardians of children under age 18 living in the home. While those sex offenders are still barred from handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, other household members can participate in Halloween activities.

To avoid violating the law, registered sex offenders often are advised by police to keep porch lights turned off to avoid attracting children on Halloween and to not answer the door. Registered sex offenders also are prohibited from leaving the house dressed in costumes.

Local Editor Carrie Frillman contributed to this report.

ltm October 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I wonder how many DUI's, burglars, and drug dealers and users in Plano? Are there some gang elements in Plano too? It would be helpful to have all those folks on a registry that are not only current but go as far back as recorded. Then you might feel like you know what is going on in your neighborhood. Remember, knowing where registered sex offenders live does not guarantee your safety although you might like to know that 98% of those offenders that served their time and no longer on parole or probation do not recommit a sex offense. That in itself makes this entire registry issue absurd and ridiculous.
ltm October 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
By the way, with Halloween coming soon it would be good for Plano to know that as far as I know there are no sex crimes committed against children across our nation ever. By the way, most new sex offender crimes are committed by first time offenders with no prior history of a sex crime. You are more safe from registered sex offenders than you are from automobile drivers and that is without the police spying on the community.
ltm October 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
What I meant to say was "as far as I know there are no sex crimes committed against children across our nation ever". Others have researched this fact too!


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