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Man accused of stalking kids may have visited six Metro East towns

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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) -

Prosecutors say there could be more victims of James Lopes, a man who has been suspected of making inappropriate contact with children and their parents in Madison County.

Lopes allegedly visited six Metro East towns: Glen Carbon, Livingston, Edwardsville, Maryville, Troy and Collinsville.

Lopes appeared in court Thursday and said he was representing himself.

Lopes was already charged for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. On 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.

He is facing new charges include three counts of grooming and three additional counts of disorderly conduct. Bond was set at $75,000 by Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower. Lopes is currently in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville pending a mental health evaluation by a court appointed physician.

Lopes also posted a video on the day he was accused of the encounters. In the video he talked about sexual relations with children and sometimes spoke in gibberish.

"He referred to a girl as a princess and said he would be her prince," said Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons. "He would be providing information to the parents about how they could allow their children to be involved with them."

Additionally, prosecutors are asking him to be declared a Sexually Dangerous Person. If found to be a Sexually Dangerous Person, Lopes would be committed to the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections for treatment for an indeterminate period of time. Likewise, maximum penalty for a Class 4 Felony Conviction is 1-3 years in prison.

Gibbons says neighbors used social media as a way to warn others about Lopes, leading to his capture.

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