Beach Park sex offender denies failure to register

Published: 6/2/2010 4:23 PM

A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he failed to register with police in the village where he attends college classes.

Joshua Britzman, 24, faces up to three years in prison if convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, but he would also be eligible for probation.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said Britzman, formerly of Gurnee, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse Dec. 30, 2009.

Britzman was placed on 30 months probation after admitting he had sex with a 15-year-old girl from Kenosha who he met through Facebook.

On Feb. 10, Britzman received a judge's permission to register for classes at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Stanton said, and he did so on Feb. 22.

During Britzman's registration, Stanton said, he was informed he would have to register as a sex offender within three days of the start of his classes.

Britzman began attending classes March 9, Stanton said, and his probation officer was informed when he went to the Grayslake police department to register on March 25.

Stanton said Britzman is also charged with failure to register his most recent address in the 39000 block of Garnett Avenue in Beach Park with the Lake County sheriff's office.

Britzman, who is free on a signature bond, is scheduled to appear in court June 28.