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Sex offender faces charges for jail incident

September 06, 2011 | 04:33 PM
ELKHORN — A registered sex offender who allegedly recently sexually assaulted an elderly, wheelchair bound woman at a Christian campus for disabled adults faces another misdemeanor charge for an incident that occurred while he was locked up in the Walworth County Jail.

Bobby L. Byers, 45, who has been convicted numerous times for exposing himself, allegedly flashed a female inmate inside of the jail, according to court documents.

Acting Jail Administrator John Delaney said the female inmate was speaking to a correctional officer at a desk, which oversees multiple areas of the jail — including some of the male housing units — at the time of the incident.

"The proper action was taken afterwards by the officers and staff involved," Delaney said. Byers' housing location also was changed after the incident, he said.

For the incident at the jail, Byers has been charged with misdemeanor lewd and lascivious behavior, as a repeater. If he is convicted, he faces up to two years imprisonment.

In a separate case, Byers faces two felony counts of failing to maintain the sex offender registry. He also has been charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. All of the charges have been elevated to repeater status.

Byers was last arrested May 10 after an Inspiration Ministries employee told police she saw the man hugging a physically-disabled 73-year-old woman, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim told police Byers pushed her wheelchair inside of the building and into the family room where he allegedly inappropriately touched her while hugging her.

According to the victim, when Byers hugged her, he told her he loved her, but the woman had never met Byers before.

Another resident, who is 69-years-old, told police she spoke to Byers outside of the building. That resident told police Byers made sexually inappropriate comments to her, but she just pretended like it didn't happen. When Byers was interviewed by police, he admitted to making a sexual comment to the woman and hugging the other woman, according to the criminal complaint.

During the hug with the other resident, Byers said he placed his hand on her upper left thigh, according to the criminal complaint.

Byers has a long criminal history for sex-related Crimes. In 1989, he was convicted of second degree sexual assault, escape risk and criminal trespass to a dwelling and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. At that time he was 24 years old.

While incarcerated, he was charged and convicted of disorderly conduct in Racine County.

He was released on parole July 15, 1997 and was arrested the next day for misdemeanor lewd and lascivious behavior, as a repeater. He was convicted of the misdemeanor charge and his parole was revoked. He returned to prison and was released Jan. 9, 2001. Three weeks later he was arrested for criminal trespassing and while in custody at the Walworth County Jail he was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.

Byers returned to prison after convictions for the misdemeanor charges and a parole revocation.

He was released from state custody Feb. 5, 2008, but was arrested Feb. 21, 2008, on a probation hold and returned to prison until March 28, 2009.

On Nov. 6, 2009 Byers was again arrested and was eventually convicted of two misdemeanors — resisting or obstructing an officer and lewd and lascivious behavior for exposure.

In that case, Byers twice exposed himself at the Walworth County Government Center to a female employee. Police eventually located Byers at the Elkhorn Public Library, but he resisted arrest.

In a separate disorderly conduct case, on Oct. 31, 2009, Byers went to the Elkhorn Public Library and harassed a female employee. While wearing sweat pants, Byers stood in a manner that displayed his erection to the woman.

He was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Although he received an 18- month sentence, he was eligible for good-time release, which reduced his sentence by one-fourth.


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