Man, 57, charged with public exposure in Batavia

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 6:57 a.m. CDT
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Mug shot of James E. Rozema, 57, of Aurora, charged by Batavia police with pubic indecency.

BATAVIA – A 57-year-old Aurora resident is in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond after being charged with exposing himself in December at a teacher supplies store on Randall Road in Batavia.

James E. Rozema’s last known address is Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora. He also is charged by Aurora police for failing to notify authorities of a new address as a registered sex offender.

His next court date is Thursday. Batavia police previously had issued an arrest warrant for Rozema.

Rozema has been in Kane County Jail since Friday. Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said another agency picked him up.

“We’re very happy that he was picked up,” Bretz said. “We’ll let the court system do what it has to do.”

According to Bretz, Rozema exposed himself Dec. 20 while in The Chalkboard, 381 N. Randall Road. The Chalkboard sells educational materials and classroom supplies.

This isn’t the first time Rozema has been charged with public indecency. He was sentenced to two years in prison for exposing himself Sept. 28, 2008, to a customer at Pier One Imports on Randall Road in South Elgin.

He also pleaded guilty to an October 2005 incident where he exposed himself to several female clerks at Linens n Things on Randall Road in Batavia. He had driven a cab to the store.

According to court records, Rozema “twirled his pants over his head in front of several female clerks and ran back to his cab. Witnesses got the license plate number, tracing the defendant back to the cab company.”