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Posted on: November 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Man Arrested for Failure to Register as Sex Offender and Presence in School Zone

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On Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, Wheaton Police Department Detectives executed a search warrant at 12 Sterling Circle, Apartment #102, in conjunction with a collaborative investigation with the Leflore County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office. Eric T. Morton, 47 years old, of 12 Sterling Circle, Wheaton, was arrested and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Presence Within a School Zone by a Child Sex Offender, a Class 3 Felony and a Class 4 Felony, respectively. 

Through the investigation, it is alleged Morton established residency within the City of Wheaton within 500 feet of a school without following the requirements set forth in the duty to register as a sex offender. Morton is currently registered as living in Greenwood, Leflore County, Miss., for previously committing the offense of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, where the victim was 13-16 years of age.  

“I would like to thank the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office (Mississippi), DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin's Office and our detectives for their actions in holding a registered child sex offender accountable," stated Wheaton Police Chief Bill Murphy. "Their combined efforts enhanced the safety of our community.”

MortonEric T. Morton
47 years of age  

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant's guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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