EAST ST. LOUIS – A Granite City man was sentenced Friday in federal court for failure to register as a sex offender.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Lonnie C. Mathenia, 50, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, five years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
After Mathenia registered as a sex offender in Granite City on May 6, 2014, a compliance check was conducted June 3, 2014, by Granite City Police Department officers to verify his listed address. Police learned Mathenia had been stopped and arrested for hitchhiking in Shawnee County, Kansas, on June 17, 2014, arrested for trespassing in Cheyenne County, Colo., on July 28, 2015, and arrested for trespassing in Conway, Ark., on Sept. 24, 2015. During this time, Mathenia neither registered as a sex offender in any of these jurisdictions nor updated his registration in Illinois, as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Mathenia was convicted of possession of child pornography in 2014 in Madison County.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For information, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Granite City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Angela Scott and Daniel T. Kapsak.