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Crime & Courts

Homeless man in jail after exposing self

Mug shot of James E. Rozema, 57, of Aurora, charged by Batavia police with pubic indecency.
Mug shot of James E. Rozema, 57, of Aurora, charged by Batavia police with pubic indecency.

BATAVIA – A 57-year-old Aurora resident remains in the Kane County Jail on $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.

During a court hearing Thursday before Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny, Rozema testified that he was homeless and unemployed. He was given a public defender, and his next court hearing was set for Feb. 6.

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

Rozema has previously been charged with disorderly conduct after an incident in June at buybuy Baby, 301 N. Randall Road, where he “removed his shoes, unbuttoned his shirt and jumped around in the store,” according to court records.

He was sentenced to two years in prison for exposing himself Sept. 28, 2008, to a customer at Pier 1 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.”

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