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Police: Sex offender fails to register and re-offends

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(KMOV) -- For the second time in less than four years, a man who's already registered as a sex offender is caught with child pornography.  News 4's Maggie Crane has been digging into Mark Reynolds' past.  He moved to Hartford, Illinois after he was convicted in Alton.

Reynolds apparently liked the internet to do his dirty deeds.  Police say he posted nude photos of a young girl on a website in 2007.  Over the past week they say he sent lewd pictures to an underage girl in Massachusettes.  He dodged a hefty sentence in the 2007 case and walked with probation.  But this time, the feds are involved.

"Mark Reynolds knew what he was doing," Capt. Brad Wells with the Madison County Sheriff's Department said.

That's because  police say he'd done it before.  Four counts of child pornography, solicitation of a child and failure to register as a sex offender: the charges against Reynolds are piling up -- again.  This time his victim was thousands of miles away.

"The school resource officer became aware of the potential that there were some lewd photoghraphs that were sent to the female victim," Capt. Well said.
 
The FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force found that Reynolds also asked the teenager for her picture.

In 2007 police say Reynolds posted several images of a nude, young girl on his website.
   
"I guess the question that every parent out there is going to want to know tonight is if the county knew that he was a danger, how was he able to reoffend?" News 4's Maggie Crane asked.

"It's not up to us where they sleep. It's just up to us to solve the case," Capt. Well said.  "So they don't necessarily fall through the cracks. If someone is supposed to be registered with you and you go and check and obviously there's something amiss, then eventually they are going to get charged."

"My kids knew it.  I printed his picture and posted it on the wall for them to see," Amanda Aligholi said.

On Friday Aligholi watched police cart off computers and cameras from her neighbor's home -- even more reason, she says, to keep a close eye on her kids.

"I have cameras in my house to watch my kids," Aligholi said.  "Everything's filtered. They can only go to certain websites."

And even those are often monitored by detectives looking to catch the next predator. 

As for Reynolds, he'll sit in jail on a $200,000 bond until he faces a judge in federal court.

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