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Wauconda sex offender accused of soliciting 14-year-old
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 7/24/2009 3:50 PM

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A convicted sex offender from Wauconda was behind bars at the McHenry County jail Friday, facing new charges alleging he exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl and asked her to perform a sexual favor for him.

Jimmie I. Crawford, 39, of the 1000 block of Grant Place, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of indecent solicitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor stemming from the incident Monday night near Island Lake.

McHenry County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Cisner said Crawford was near a landscaping business where he formerly worked when he approached the girl.

The girl rejected him and went to tell a relative, who later called the sheriff's department. Crawford was arrested at a Wauconda residence Thursday afternoon without incident, Cisner said.

In an unusual twist to the case Friday, McHenry County Judge Joseph Condon withdrew an arrest warrant he had issued earlier in the day for a family member of the 14-year-old girl. The judge issued the warrant after the man had failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance in a criminal case against him.

The judge said he later learned that the man had contacted the jail asking how he could get inside, presumably to confront Crawford.

"I believe he was absent today from court to provoke a warrant," Condon said. "So I'm just going to give him a week to cool off."

Crawford's arrest comes almost 10 years after a Lake County judge sentenced him to five years in prison after he admitted guilt to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for having sex with two teenage girls. In that case, prosecutors say Crawford plied two 16-year-old girls with alcohol and marijuana in return for sexual favors.

Crawford also was convicted of sexual exploitation allegations in 2006, the McHenry County Sheriff's Department said.

The most serious of the new charges carries a three to seven year prison sentence, but Crawford, if convicted, could be eligible for an extended sentence because of his record.

Crawford, who remains in custody unable to post $20,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court July 30.