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Convicted sex offender held in kidnapping, rape
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Lonnie Bobbitt


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Published: 8/1/2009 12:00 AM

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A convicted sex offender from Waukegan is held on $1 million bond after being charged with kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl.

Waukegan Police Lt. Edward Fitzgerald said Lonnie Bobbitt, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning after initially refusing to surrender to police.

Bobbitt was previously convicted of molesting a 17-year-old girl, but since 2006 has not registered his address with police as sex offenders are required to do.

Fitzgerald said Bobbitt, who is a friend of the victim's family, was with them Monday and somehow left their residence with the girl without anyone noticing.

The girl's mother awoke Tuesday and found her daughter was missing, Fitzgerald said. She went to Bobbitt's house in the 400 block of McKinley Street where she found the child in a bedroom.

Officers were sent to the scene and surrounded the house when Bobbitt initially refused to come out, Fitzgerald said, but he eventually surrendered.

Bobbitt faces a mandatory prison sentence of six to 30 years if convicted of predatory sexual assault of a child and kidnapping. He is due in court Aug. 24.