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Illinois Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois


Lonnie C. Mathenia, a 50-year old, Granite City, Illinois, man was sentenced on October 16, 2015, in federal district court in East St. Louis, Illinois, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Mathenia was sentenced to 15 months in prison; 5 years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

After Mathenia registered as a sex offender in Granite City, Illinois, on May 6, 2014, a compliance check was conducted on June 3, 2014, by Granite City, Illinois, Police Department officers to verify Mathenia’s listed address. Law enforcement officials learned that Mathenia had been stopped and arrested for hitchhiking in Shawnee County, Kansas, on June 17, 2014, arrested for trespassing in Cheyenne County, Colorado, on July 28, 2015, and arrested for trespassing in Conway, Arkansas, on September 24, 2015. During this time, Mathenia neither registered as a sex offender in any of these jurisdictions nor updated his registration in the State of Illinois, as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Mathenia was convicted of Possession of Child Pornography in 2014 in Madison County, Illinois.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the Granite City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Angela Scott and Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated October 19, 2015

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