Convicted sex offender sentenced in attempted luring case

Tribune reporter

A convicted sex offender who was once the subject of a Tribune investigation about attempted child abduction was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison today after he tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy last year in Elmwood Park, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Jeffrey Jewitt, 31, had been convicted Aug. 27 of felony attempted child abduction charges after a one-day bench trial at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood.

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.

The latest conviction stemmed from a July 5, 2011 incident in which Jewitt, of Des Plaines, was driving a silver car at Bloomingdale and Thatcher avenues in Elmwood Park when he approached a 12-year-old boy riding his bike, authorities said. Jewitt 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 arrested and charged with trying to lure the boy into his car and loitering in a public park as a sexual predator.

Since 2003, Jewitt has been convicted four other times of exposing himself to young girls or attempting to lure them into a vehicle.

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 the Northwest Side, authorities said. Jewitt was caught again that year after he used his car to block the path of another 12-year-old girl, attempting to get her into the vehicle, authorities said.

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