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Sangamon County Court Declares Sex Offender Sexually Violent

A Sangamon County court has found a convicted sex offender sexually violent.


According to Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, the offender demonstrated he is a significant risk to children and this verdict will protect other children from harm. 


In 2019, a judge sentenced 48-year-old Jimmy Dudley to five years in prison after Dudley pled guilty to possessing child pornography of a 9-year-old he lived with. 


Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia ordered the Illinois Department of Human Services to take custody of Dudley. 


To be committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, a person must have been convicted of a sexually violent offense and suffer from a mental disorder. 


Prosecutors must also prove that the offender is likely to commit future acts of sexual violence if released from custody. Once committed to IDHS, offenders are re-evaluated on a regular basis to determine if they continue to meet the criteria for commitment as a sexually violent person. 


Dudley will reside in the IDHS Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility pending a deposition hearing. 


Raoul says that he is pleased with the verdict.

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