Man to prison for not registering as sex offender

Man to prison for not registering as sex offender

URBANA — A convicted sex offender with a history of not reporting his whereabouts to authorities was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison.

Nolan Bannister, 45, who reported he was homeless, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, admitting that he didn't notify the Urbana Police Department of his residence in January.

Because of a 1994 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Bannister is required to register as a sex offender with the state of Illinois and keep police in the city in which he lives apprised of his address.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Bannister had two prior convictions for failure to register as a sex offender as well as others for burglary, aggravated battery and unlawful presence of a sex offender in a school zone.

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