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Photo left off former attorney Tom Lakin's sex offender profile, failing to comply with registration statute

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 21, 2016


Former attorney Tom Lakin’s sexual offender profile is expected to be updated as soon as possible after he failed to provide a photo in accordance with state law.

East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton said he was unaware that several of the village’s sex offenders did not have photos with their profile information until the State’s Attorney called him on Thursday. Since discovering the mistake, he said they were working to resolve the issue.

Carlton added that he isn’t sure how the photos were left out, but he assumed the sex offenders’ photos were taken after they were released. He said he now realizes it is the department’s responsibility to provide the photos when the offenders come to register.

Lakin has been required to register as a child sex offender with the Illinois State Police since 2011. He first registered in Madison County court while in custody after testifying that he placed minor John Doe’s penis in his mouth.

The Doe family suit started in 2006 alleging sexual abuse to a minor, but stalled while Lakin served six years in federal prison on drug distribution charges.

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