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Man declared 'sexually dangerous' transferred out of Madison County

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James Lopes was arrested on a trespassing charge near Livingston (Credit: Madison County Sheriff's Office) James Lopes was arrested on a trespassing charge near Livingston (Credit: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

LIVINGSTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A man who prompted social media worry in the Metro East in 2016 was transferred out of Madison County and taken to a facility designed for sex offenders.

Officials said James Lopes will remain in the facility indefinitely.

Lopes was previously transferred to the IIlinois Department of Corrections. 

In October 2016, Lopes was taken into custody by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in the Livingston area.  According to police, Lopes suffers from severe mental illness.

Lopes ranted on social media about having sex with children as a religious ceremony.

The sheriff's office is asked the courts to keep him behind bars because he posed "a danger to the public.” Lopes is currently being held in the Madison County jail without bond. 

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Authorities said they do not want Lopes free until he gets an evaluation of his mental health.

Lopes was previously charged in Oregon for physical contact with an 8-year-old, but was never convicted.

Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney said, “He's [Lopes] been accused in the past but there is no conviction on his record that gives us a great deal of concern about his motivation."

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