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Police: Convicted sex offender volunteered for youth football program

Pablo Cruz
Pablo Cruz

JOLIET – Police say a convicted sex offender has volunteered for a local youth football program for four years.

Pablo Cruz, 43, was brought in for questioning by detectives Wednesday after a review found "some discrepancies on his sex offender paperwork," according to Will County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.

"From 2011 through 2015, Cruz was an announcer and volunteer for the Joliet Ravens (Greater Chicagoland Youth Football and Cheer organization)," Hoffmeyer said. "He would announce games as well as attend practices and work the sidelines during home and away games."

Illinois State Police report Cruz was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old in the state of Ohio in 2003.

Cruz was arrested on charges of being in a public park as a convicted sex offender and communicating with a minor as a convicted sex offender. He was booked into the Will County jail and is being held on $75,000 bond.

Cruz, of the 22400 block of River Road in Shorewood, is also wanted in Kane County on a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to police reports.

This story was changed to correct the organization the Joliet Ravens is affiliated with. The Herald-News regrets the error.

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