A suburban man with a history of preying on children was sentenced to four and half years in prison for attempting to abduct a 12 year old child in 2011, according to the office of Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Jeffery Jewitt, 31, of Des Plaines, was convicted in August of child abduction after a bench trial before Cook County Judge Thomas Tucker.Â Jewitt was on probation and a registered sex offender for two 2009 convictions for child abduction and child exploitation when the 2011 incidents occurred.
According to prosecutors, on July 5, 2011, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the 12 year old victim was riding his bike in west suburban Bloomingdale.Â The defendant approached him in a car, opened the passenger door and tried to lure the victim into the car.Â The victim refused to get in and fled on his bike to a nearby country club.Â The victim later told his parents what happened and his father contacted the police.
Another incident occurred on July 7, 2011 at around 5: 00 p.m. while the same 12-year-old victim was waiting for his mother to pick him up in front of the same country club.Â Â Jewitt approached the victim in the same car and again tried to lure the child into the car.Â The victim refused and immediately ran into the club.Â He reported what happened and the authorities were contacted.
According to prosecutors, the victim provided police with a description of the defendant and a sketch was distributed to local police departments.Â Jewitt was arrested on July 11, 2011 by the Elmwood Park Police Department.Â The victim later identified Jewitt in a lineup as the person who tried to abduct him.
When Jewitt was arrested in 2011, he was on probation and registered as a sex offender for two 2009 convictions.Â
In October and November 2008, the defendant approached two young girls on separate occasions as they walked from school and tried to lure them into his car.Â Jewitt pled guilty to child abduction and child exploitation and was sentenced concurrently to 6 months in Cook County jail and 30 months probation for each charge.
Jewittâ€™s criminal history includes a 2003 conviction for disorderly conduct.Â In that incident he was working at a day camp and attempted to lure a 5 year old girl into a storage locker. Â Jewitt also has a 2004 conviction for public indecency, for performing a lewd a sex act in front of a 10 year old girl who was riding her scooter down the street.
Prosecutors sought the maximum penalty of six years in prison for this recent case.Â Judge Tucker sentenced Jewitt to the four and half year sentence during a hearing on Wednesday at the Maywood Courthouse.
Stateâ€™s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorneys Barbara Bailey and Kelly Navarro for their work on this case.