Police in Illinois are searching for a potentially-endangered 15-year-old girl believed to be traveling with a known sex offender.
Arica Blair was last seen at her father’s Jerseyville home on September 13, but she was reported missing after failing to show up for school on September 14. Her half-sister, Arielle Honaker, told a Nancy Grace producer that Blair has been involved with 23-year-old John David Allen for two years, since she was only 13.
Allen is listed as a non-compliant sexual predator in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for sexual acts with another 13-year-old committed when he was 21. Prosecutors filed charges against him Monday for allegedly failing to re-register within three days as required after registering himself as homeless in August.
Allen had court dates scheduled for next week for a DUI charge in Jersey County and for possible probation revocation in Madison County.
Jerseyville police say they believe Blair went willingly with Allen, but even if she is a runaway, they are concerned for her safety because of his criminal history. Chief Brad Blackorby said Tuesday that police are pursuing some leads indicating that the two are still in the area and others that suggest they have left the state.
Honaker said she did not believe Allen would intentionally harm Blair, but she still fears the teen is in danger if she is with him. She does not think Blair has a cell phone with her, but she did take a backpack when she left.
Anyone with information about Arica Blair or John David Allen is asked to contact the Jerseyville Police Department at 618-498-2131.
|Post by: Stephen Loiaconi
September 20th, 2011
06:24 PM ET