A convicted sex offender was found guilty today of felony attempted child abduction charges in Cook County Criminal Court after he tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy last July in Elmwood Park.
Judge Thomas Tucker convicted Jeffrey Jewitt, 30, after a one-day bench trial today at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
He faces six years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 26.
On July 5, 2011, Jewitt, of Des Plaines, approached a 12-year-old boy riding his bike at Bloomingdale and Thatcher avenues in a silver car. He identified himself as a relative and asked if the boy wanted a ride, authorities said. The boy was frightened and rode off, but Jewitt attempted again two days later.
After a composite sketch was distributed to local law enforcement agencies, Des Plaines police believed the sketch resembled Jewitt. The boy later identified Jewitt in a police line-up.
Jewitt was charged with child abduction for trying to lure the boy in his car and loitering in a public park as a sexual predator.
Jewitt has a history of attempting to lure children into his car. And he was featured in a 2010 Tribune investigation about how he received light punishment and no treatment for past convictions of attempted child abduction. Jewitt has been convicted four times of exposing himself to young girls or attempting to lure them into a vehicle since 2003.
In 2003, he was convicted of disorderly conduct for allegedly luring a 5-year-old girl into a park storage room.
In 2004, Jewitt was convicted of misdemeanor public indecency after allegedly fondling himself in front of a 10-year-old girl riding a scooter.
In 2008, Jewitt was caught on a Chicago neighborhood security camera as he stalked an 11-year-old and tried to lure her into his car while she walked home from school on Chicago's Northwest Side, authorities said. Jewitt was caught again in 2008 after he used his car to block the path of another 12-year-old girl, attempting to get her into the vehicle, authorities said.
Tribune reporters Gary Marx and David Jackson contributed.
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