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Two men charged after child left with child sex offender

DAVIS JUNCTION – A Davis Junction man is accused of leaving a child in the custody of a child sex offender.

Largus “Ben” Estell, 45, was charged with leaving a child in the custody of a child sex offender, according to a news release from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department.

Also taken into custody was David E. Collins, 57, also of Davis Junction, on a charge of violating the provisions of the state’s child sex offender registration law and trespassing, the release said.

Estell was being held Wednesday in the Ogle County Jail in lieu of bond, and Collins was held pending an appearance before a judge, according to the news release.

A boy was taken into protective custody, according to the sheriff’s department.

On Tuesday, Ogle County sheriff’s deputies responded to a citizen’s complaint at the Rolling Meadows mobile home park in Davis Junction, according to the news release.

It is against state law to knowingly leave a child with a child sex offender. The sheriff’s department didn’t say in its release what evidence it had that Estell knew Collins was a child sex offender.

State’s Attorney Mike Rock, the Ogle County’s lead prosecutor, and Sheriff Michael Harn couldn’t be reached for comment.

Illinois’ sex offender website lists Collins as a offender, stating that his victim was 9 and that Collins was 53 at the time of the offense. It occurred in Ogle County.

According to the state police website, local law enforcement agencies must take photos of offenders in their jurisdictions when they register, then forward the pictures to state police. No photo of Collins is on the site.

Davis Junction doesn’t have a police department, so it’s the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s department.

On the state website, 6 of the 71 sex offenders listed under Ogle County have no photos. In February, Sauk Valley Media found that both Whiteside and Lee counties were each missing six photos. Afterward, police departments in both counties filled most of the gaps.

According to Ogle County’s online court records, Estell has no criminal record in the county.

In 2011, Collins pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child. He had no criminal record before that in Ogle County.

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