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Naperville sex offender sentenced in two cases

<p>Christopher Bailey</p>

Christopher Bailey

A convicted sex offender who most recently lived only a block from the campus of a junior high school in Naperville has been sentenced to jail in connection with two sex-related crimes.

Christopher B. Bailey, 25, for a time was among DuPage County’s “most wanted” fugitives. He pleaded guilty in separate courtrooms to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Downers Grove, and failing to register with police as a sex offender for at least the second time.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Bruce R. Kelsey on Tuesday sentenced Bailey to 364 days in jail in the Downers Grove case, court records showed. Kelsey gave Bailey credit toward that term for the 125 days he has been in jail since being arrested, and also placed him on two years of probation, records indicated.

Judge John J. Kinsella that day sentenced Bailey to 125 days in jail on a count of failing to register as a sex offender for the second or subsequent time, according to records. Bailey will serve that term concurrent with the sentence meted by Kelsey, according to records.

Bailey between April 1 and Oct. 23 resided in Naperville, and at the time of his arrest was living in an apartment on the 100 block of Douglas Avenue north of the city’s downtown.

A county grand jury declared that put him in illegal proximity to Washington Junior High School, about a block away at 201 N. Washington St.

Downers Grove police arrested Bailey in early May and charged him with contributing to the delinquency of a teenage girl.

Details of that crime could not be immediately learned. Bailey became a fugitive after failing to appear for a scheduled court hearing in that matter.

DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba in August launched the weekly “Manhunt Monday,” a sort of cross between the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list and the “America’s Most Wanted” television program. Bailey, one of the first fugitives featured by Zaruba, was arrested less than two months later by Naperville police.

Previously, in August 2006, Downers Grove police arrested Bailey on a charge of criminal sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 13 and 16.

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

His lawyers, however, maintained the judge who presided over the case had told Bailey he would not have to register as a sex offender. Bailey in 2010 tried to have his conviction overturned, after being ordered onto the sex offender registry.

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier this month unanimously denied Bailey’s request, saying too much time had elapsed between his conviction and his efforts to have it negated.

Additionally, Bailey in April 2010 was arrested by Clarendon Hills police, when they determined he had failed to register as a sex offender after moving into town.

Bailey 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.

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.

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