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Alverson’s evil intent obvious

Larry Alverson gave the cops and courts plenty of signals that he was more than just a perv, that he was a sexual predator with a propensity for violence.

Alverson is now sitting in a cell in Missouri after prosecutors said he stalked an 11-year-old girl at a Shop ’n Save in Lemay, Mo., followed her home, threatened to kill her and her brothers if they made a sound and raped the little girl in her bed. Alverson must post $1 million in cash to go free until trial, an indication of just how serious a threat to society the Missouri judge deemed Alverson.

Too bad Illinois didn’t see him the same way.

In Illinois, his attempt to rape a 16-year-old in that girl’s home in 2014 was pled down to trespassing. He was paroled from prison and was trusted with an ankle monitor.

He might as well have been given a piece of yarn to remind him to not go into homes and rape people.

Earlier this month he exposed himself and performed a lewd act on a parking lot near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, took off the ankle monitor and fled — to Missouri, where he raped the little girl.

Three times before all that he broke into homes and fondled women or girls, once being so bold as to fondle a woman sleeping next to her husband. In 2002 he started choking a 14-year-old girl when she cried out.

Alverson is still not registered as a sex offender.

There are so many questions the judges and prosecutors in St. Clair County should be asking themselves right now. And they should be making their apologies to a very damaged little girl in Missouri.

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