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

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