Crime

Belleville sex offender again free on bail; charged fifth time with failing to register

AP

A Belleville man already facing charges of failing to register as a sex offender was charged again Wednesday with failing to register.

Despite those pending charges, Shane Kitterman, 36, needed only to post $200 to again be released from the St. Clair County Jail.

On Monday, Kitterman walked into the St. Clair County Courthouse and went before Chief Judge John Baricevic on a petition to revoke Kitterman’s probation. He was on probation for retail theft and failure to register as a sex offender. Kitterman faced a warrant with a $65,000 bail, signed by Baricevic.

Four days later, Baricevic released Kitterman on a recognizance bond, which is a promise to appear in court later. Prosecutors objected to the release. Baricevic ordered Kitterman to report to his probation officer on March 24.

When Kitterman arrived at the probation office, he was met by Belleville Police, who arrested him on charges of failing to register as a sex offender. He was charged on Wednesday.

Baricevic set his bail at $2,000 on the new charge. That meant Kitterman needed to post 10 percent in cash, or $200, to be released.

Kitterman is required to register as a sex offender for life. He told Belleville Police he was homeless, so he is required to register every week. He had not registered for two weeks when Belleville Police picked him up on Wednesday.

In the 1990s, Kitterman was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a victim who was younger than 13, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and received probation in 1996. He violated that probation and was sent to prison for four years.

Kitterman was charged in 2009 by Belleville Police with failing to register as a sex offender. That charge was dismissed. In August 2012, Belleville again asked for charges against Kitterman for failing to register. Three months later, Swansea Police requested charges against Kitterman for failing to register. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation. In October 2014, O’Fallon Police asked prosecutors to charge Kitterman with failing to register. The Belleville and O’Fallon charges are pending.

A petition to revoke Kitterman’s probation was filed after he allegedly failed to report to his probation officer. As a condition of his probation, Kitterman was required to meet with his probation officer weekly.

“(Kitterman) has not reported to this probation officer since Feb. 20, 2015,” the petition stated.

Kitterman was not being held at the St. Clair County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

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