Madison County state's attorney 'upset' with repeated sex offender's sentencing

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by Ray Preston / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:40 PM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -- The Madison County state’s attorney is not happy with an assistant from his office after a judge handed down what he considered a light sentence to a repeated sex offender.

 

Michael E. Cox was recently sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine after Cox pleaded guilty to public indecency. Cox has a long record involving several sexual offenses. 

The Alton Telegraph reports that Cox has been charged or convicted of unlawful sexual misconduct, public indecency, sexual exploitation of a child, being a child sex offender in a school zone and attempted criminal sexual assault with cases dating back to 2005.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons released a statement voicing his disappointment with the sentencing.

“In my opinion, the agreement entered into by the assistant for our office represents a failure to recognize the seriousness of the offense and danger that this individual represents to the community, especially in light of his extensive criminal record,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, this plea cannot be reversed, but the matter will be handled internally.” 

News 4 spoke with a worker from Call for Help, an agency that deals with victims of sexual abuse. 

She said that the sentence is disappointing and says Cox got off with a slap on the wrist considering his extensive record.

 

 

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