Wood River Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
A Wood River man, John David Allen, 22, pleaded guilty in United States District Court, East St. Louis, to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13, 2012. The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and at least 5 years’ supervised release up to lifetime supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Allen has been in custody since his arrest on September 21, 2011.
According to court documents, on December 20, 2010, Allen was convicted of a sex crime in Madison County, Illinois, which required him to register as a sex offender. On August 29, 2011, he signed and dated an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Registration Form explaining the registration requirements and acknowledging his understanding of them. The form also notified Allen that he must register again on or before September 5, 2011. Allen failed to register with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department or any other law enforcement agency on September 5, 2011, or thereafter. A warrant for Allen’s arrest was issued by a Madison County Court on September 19, 2011. On September 21, 2011, Allen was located and arrested in the State of Colorado, where he had traveled via automobile from Madison County, Illinois, with a 15-year-old girl. The girl’s parents had reported her missing on September 14, 2011.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.