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Lopes transferred to mental health facility for full evaluation

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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)

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – James Lopes, a man who created worry across social media in the Metro East following disturbing Facebook posts, has been transferred to a mental health facility for a full evaluation.

Wednesday morning, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office posted on Facebook that a judge’s order will allow the 40-year-old to be kept in the facility for up to 14 days for an evaluation.

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Following the evaluation, Lopes will be returned to the custody of the Madison County Jail.

Lopes was taken into custody Sunday night in the Livingston area on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.

The state’s attorney office said they want to keep Lopes locked up as long as legally possible.

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

Over the weekend, the Collinsville Police Department posted on Facebook that they had been in contact with Lopes and were monitoring his activities. The department said they were keeping an eye on Lopes after he shared his opinions on a Facebook page titled “Sin Offering/Unconditional Love Offering.”

In their Facebook post, the police department said Lopes had not been charged with a crime because his posts and views were within his right to free speech.

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.”

The department warned residents to monitor their children closely and to call law enforcement if they see Lopes. They also said to report any incidents of children being approached to them at 618-344-2131.

Lopes will have a plea hearing on May 2.

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