BUFFALO GROVE, IL — Buffalo Grove has 15 registered sex offenders living in the village, the same number that were living in the village this time last year, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.
Fourteen registered sex offenders have known addresses in Buffalo Grove, including one who is considered to be non-compliant with sex registry laws, according to state police. One offender is listed as homeless, David H. Robinson, who was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13 (victim was 11).
In addition to the 15, one Buffalo Grove sex offender is listed as being incarcerated in the Department of Corrections.
Also, according to the registry, the whereabouts of Igor Shapshevich remains unknown, as it has the last two years when the Patch list has come out. He was charged with criminal sexual assault with force in Cook County.
Here is where sex offenders are registered as living in Buffalo Grove. Pins on the map represent addresses of offenders convicted of sex crimes. Roll your cursor over the pins, and you will see more information pop up, including the registered sex offender’s name, address, date of birth and convictions.
View a larger version of the map here.
In Illinois, registered sex offenders are prohibited from passing out candy on Halloween. They may not appear in a Halloween costume or other child-centered holiday character, such as Santa or the Easter Bunny, in public. Registered sex offenders, however, may wear a Halloween costume in their home, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.
Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries play a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress that most perpetrators are known to the child.
The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the National Sex Offender Public Website, estimates that only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
The Justice Department estimates 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members but rather family friends, babysitters, child care providers and others, and 30 percent of child victims are abused by family members. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates.
The Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, a nonprofit organization for clinicians, researchers, educators, law enforcement and court officials involved in sexual abuse cases, cautions that children do not face a heightened risk during the Halloween season: “There is no change in the rate of sexual crimes by non-family members during Halloween. That was true both before and after communities enacted laws to restrict the activities of registrants during Halloween. The crimes that do increase around Halloween are vandalism and property destruction, as well as theft, assault, and burglary.”