Top court affirms man’s sex offender status

<p>Christopher Bailey</p>

Christopher Bailey

A man from Naperville who recently had the distinction of being DuPage County’s “most wanted” fugitive has failed in his efforts to be removed from the Illinois sex offender registry.

Illinois Supreme Court justices turned a collective deaf ear to the pleas of Christopher B. Bailey, who is facing trial on felony, sex offender-related charges that were filed following his move to Naperville.

Bailey, 25, formerly lived on Chicago’s west side and in Clarendon Hills. Downers Grove police in August 2006 arrested him on a charge of criminal sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 13 and 16, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

He was convicted in March 2007 in that misdemeanor case, which involved his having sexual relations with his then-girlfriend, while he was a 17-year-old adult and she a 16-year-old minor. Court records indicated he was sentenced to 300 days in jail and ordered to register with authorities as a sex offender.

Bailey’s lawyers, however, contended the judge who presided over the case told Bailey he would not have to register as a sex offender. Bailey sought to have his conviction overturned in 2010, after being ordered to add his name to the sex offender registry.

Members of the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected Bailey’s request, saying too much time had elapsed between his conviction and his efforts to have it negated.

DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba in August launched the weekly “Manhunt Monday,” a sort of hybrid of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list and the “America’s Most Wanted” television program. Bailey was one of the first fugitives to be featured.

He was arrested Oct. 23 by Naperville police at an apartment building on the 100 block of Douglas Avenue, just west of Washington Street.

Cmdr. Lou Cammiso last fall said police acted on information Bailey had either moved into one of the apartments or was staying there with a relative or friend. The apartment building is a short distance from the campus of Washington Junior High School.

In addition to his troubles in Naperville, Bailey in April 2010 was arrested by Clarendon Hills police, after they determined he had moved into that village but failed to register as a sex offender.

He was found guilty in that case and initially sentenced to six months in jail, but was later placed on 18 months of probation and ordered to undergo counseling and random drug testing.

Bailey was arrested last May in Downers Grove and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was declared a fugitive from justice and made Zaruba’s list after failing to attend scheduled court dates in that case.

He was also sentenced to prison in December 2006, after being convicted of charges of felony theft and criminal damage to property in Westmont and unlawful possession of weapons in Downers Grove.

Bailey, in the Naperville case, faces trial on charges of being a child sex offender and living in a school zone; failure to register as a sex offender with three days of establishing residence and being a sex offender and living within 500 feet of school property. He remains in custody in DuPage County Jail, and is scheduled to appear Feb. 25 in court.