Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of Jan. 4-10

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination

Registered sexual predator accused of exploiting Troy children

A Goreville, Ill., man accused of sending pictures of a sexual nature to young girls in Troy is also on the sex offenders’ registry.

Mathew Lundak, 37, of Goreville has been charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony; and one count of “grooming,” a Class 4 felony. The latter charge alleges that he used an electronic device to attempt to seduce or solicit a child for unlawful sexual conduct. The former charges allege that he exposed himself to at least two girls aged 10 and 11 on multiple occasions in November.

According to Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons, Lundak allegedly used a cell phone to take pictures of himself and sent them to the girls who live in Troy. He said Lundak still had connections in Troy from a previous incident, which resulted in his prior convictions.

“These are the hardest cases because of the victims,” Parsons said. “The detectives did a great job.”

Felony charges were filed on Friday. Lundak’s bail was set at $250,000. Lundak was taken into custody on Monday and is being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of bail.

Lundak is listed on the Illinois Sex Offenders Registry as a sexual predator. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 5-year-old child in 2006, and served three years and six months before he was released.

Former Greenville inmate pleads guilty to escape

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 7, 2016,

Shelia B. Hatfield, 52, formerly an inmate at the Federal Prison Camp in Greenville pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to a federal indictment charging her with escape. Hatfield faces a term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years. Hatfield’s sentencing is scheduled for May 3 in Benton. She has been held without bond since her arraignment on May 12, 2015.

On March 9, 2015, Hatfield, who was an inmate at FPC-Greenville at the time, was found at a convenience store outside the prison camp’s grounds in Greenville. The investigation determined that Hatfield had not received authorization to leave the camp grounds.

HPD citations and misdemeanors

Jan. 4-5

▪ No tickets issued.

Jan. 6

▪ A juvenile, 16, of Highland was charged with retail theft from Walmart.

▪ Heather M. Murphy, 44, of Highland was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking two bags of shredded cheese and three sets of window curtains from Walmart.

Jan. 7

▪ Heather Potthast, 27, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

▪ Kenneth B. Marti, 44, of Granite City was charged with theft of mislaid property for allegedly taking possession of an Apple iPhone 4S valued at $150.

Jan. 8-9

▪ No tickets issued.

Jan. 10

▪ Rebecca L. Winning, 24, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

▪ Brianna R. Haar, 24, was charged with improper lane usage.

▪ Daniel J. Tupou, 27, of Highland was charged with possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.