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Man gets four years in Batavia exposure case

A 57-year-old Aurora man on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for exposing and fondling himself at a teacher supplies store on Randall Road in Batavia last December and for failing to register with Aurora police as a sex offender.

James Rozema agreed to a sentence of four years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of public indecency, a Class 4 felony, and one count of failing to register as a sex offender, a Class 2 felony.

A Class 4 felony usually is punishable by probation or between one and three years in prison. However, because Rozema had been convicted of felony public indecency in the past 10 years, and because he had been previously convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, he was eligible for extended-term sentencing, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Rozema will serve four years for each count. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

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.

Later Dec. 20, 2012, Rozema went to the Aurora Police Department to register as a sex offender as required by law because of his prior sex offenses.

However, an investigation revealed that Rozema had not registered since changing his address in October 2012.

Rozema previously had been charged with disorderly conduct after an incident in June at Buy Buy Baby, 301 N. Randall Road in Batavia, 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.”

He was given credit for 37 days served in the Kane County jail.

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