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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A city sex offender allegedly violated the sex offender registration law prohibiting him from residing within 500 feet of any school, police say. 

Charleston police confirmed that Benjamin D. Maddox, 31, of rural Charleston had been living at a residence in the 200 block of Sixth Street, a prohibited zone. Upon investigating an unrelated theft, officers discovered a registered child sex offender at that home, according to law enforcement. 

Police report that Maddox stayed multiple nights at a residence in the 200 block of Sixth Street over several months. Maddox also allegedly failed to list this address on his registration form, a separate violation.

Maddox was arrested and sent to the Coles County jail pending a court appearance.

In a separate incident, Julius C. Garrett, 19, of Calumet City was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance. 

Garrett was arrested when officers reportedly found ecstasy and small amount of cannabis in his possession during a traffic stop, police reported. The traffic stop took place at approximately 8:46 p.m. Thursday after police observed a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Garrett was sent to the Coles County jail.



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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