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McHenry man charged with unlawful failure to register as a sex offender

A McHenry man was arrested Wednesday for unlawful failure to register as a sex offender after reportedly unzipping his pants while approaching a parent and child, the McHenry County Sheriff's office announced in a news release.

Juan Morales, 23, was arrested and charged with unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony, and for residing within 500 feet of a day care facility as a sex offender, a Class 4 felony.

Sheriff's deputies responded around 7:30 a.m. to a call of a suspicious male, later identified as Morales, a registered sex offender, unzipping his pants at a bus stop.

The caller was waiting with her child for a bus to summer school.

The release further states, Morales approached the caller and child, then unzipped his pants.

During the investigation, deputies learned Morales was registered as homeless with Fox Lake Police Department, yet had been living at the address of 2702 Baldwin Rd. in McHenry. He did not notify the proper authorities of his living situation, which put him within 500 feet of a children's day care facility.

Morales is being held at the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility and was slated to attend bond court Thursday morning.

- Allison Goodrich

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