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Crime & Courts

Man charged at swim meet faced previous charge in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – A Rockford man who was accused of committing a lewd act at a Riverside school has a record in St. Charles for committing a similar sex offense.

Lawrence E. Adamczyk, 49, of the 1600 block of Oregon Street in Rockford, was charged Saturday, accused of masturbating in the bleachers during a boys swim meet at Riverside High School. Police responded to a call at the school at 9:45 a.m. of a suspicious man walking the halls.

Adamczyk told police that he was "feeding from the energy of the school" and was aroused by boys in their swimwear who were at the swim meet, according to police reports.

When police approached Adamczyk while he was sitting in the bleachers during the meet, reports say he initially told police that he had children who were competing. When asked to name his children, Adamczyk paused and refused to answer.

Reports say that Adamczyk took a train from Chicago to Riverside with the original intent of going to Brookfield Zoo to look for boys to have oral sex with. However, when Adamczyk walked by the high school, he told police that he "received a brainwave message from Hollywood recording artist Justin Bieber telling him to go to the school to see the kids."

Adamczyk told police that he communicates with Bieber and "people from the other side." He had served 17 months at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner from a pervious conviction, according to police. He has had several prior arrests, including an indication on his current parole status that he had prior sex offenses.

When he was arrested, he was on electronic monitoring and had been paroled in December to a halfway house in Chicago for a July 2011 arrest in St. Charles, when he was arrested for aggravated battery in a public place after exposing himself while at Xsport, a fitness studio on Randall Road.

Court records state that Adamczyk approached three people and touched them inappropriately while at the fitness center. Two were men over the age of 18 and one was a male under the age of 18. Court records state that Adamczyk entered a guilty plea to three counts of battery and and one count of public indecency, and was sentenced to serve three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Court documents also state that Adamczyk has mental issues and "needs to receive counseling and therapy while in the IDOC or he will continue this behavior when released."

Adamczyk has similar convictions in Winnebago County in 2009 and at Northern Illinois University in 2005.

His parole status has been revoked since his latest arrest on Saturday. He was being held without bond on Monday on disorderly conduct and criminal trespass charges.

• Additional Shaw Media staff contributed to this report.

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