Christopher Lawless – Repeat Sex Offender

  • Offender’s age at conviction: 25
  • Victim Age: 9

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Christopher Lawless about 6:30 a.m. Friday after a man and woman reported the registered sex offender had exposed himself to them at the Lake Murphysboro State Park.

Lawless, 30, is listed as being homeless. Police said in a release Friday that it is believed he spent the night in the park.

The victims were walking on Lake Murphysboro Road when they allege Lawless inappropriately exposed himself to them. Deputies arrested Lawless shortly after the complaint was filed. He was picked up and charged with disorderly conduct and public indecency.

Lawless is mandated to register his address with the sheriff’s department every seven days because he is listed as homeless. He was in compliance with registration at the time the offence occurred. Deputies with the sheriff’s department said they were uncertain if Lawless had listed the state park as the location he was sleeping. Lawless last registered the Illinois 13 bridge as a squatting address.

Lawless is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Ricky Nelson France – Repeat Sex Offender – Persistent Felony Offender

A multiple sex offender is convicted on new charges and now faces years behind bars.

A Warren County Circuit Court jury convicted 49-year-old Ricky Nelson France for failure to comply with sex offender registration, and for being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

The jury recommend a three-year sentence on the underlying charge, and after hearing testimony concerning France’s prior convictions, which included three sex offenses, recommended a sentence of 20 years on the persistent offender enhancement.

France is also currently under indictment for rape first degree.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte