Man gets probation for trying to lure child
URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted trying to lure a child into his vehicle in August has been sentenced to probation.
Ricky Allen Smith, 53, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of West Eureka Street, pleaded guilty Thursday to child abduction, a Class 4 felony.
Smith was arrested on Aug. 2 shortly after he tried to get a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle by offering her $20.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said the girl was walking near Hickory and Bellefontaine streets in north Champaign about 3:30 p.m. when a man in a sport utility vehicle drove by and motioned for her to come to his vehicle. She kept walking, but he followed her slowly and even pulled in her driveway on Hickory Street. As she was walking, he displayed $20 and said something to her in an attempt to get her in the vehicle.
She went in her home and told her mother what happened, Weber said.
The mother called police immediately and was able, with the help of a teenage neighbor boy, to give police a license plate number. Police located Smith alone in his vehicle and arrested him.
As part of his sentence to 30 months of probation, Smith will not be allowed to have contact with any minor under the age of 17 without supervision.
The offense of child abduction includes attempting abduction.
Weber asked that Smith, who had an almost 20-year-old sex-related conviction, be ordered to register again as a sex offender. He had complied with the sex offender registration act as a result of his 1993 conviction and no longer had to be registered.
Judge Tom Difanis, who took the plea, ordered a sex offender evaluation and set another hearing for Dec. 10. At that time, he'll decide if Smith will have to register again.