12/29/2012 01:32 pm ET

Joseph O'Brien, Illinois Sex Offender, Arrested For Loitering In McDonald's Children's Play Area

An Illinois man registered as a sexual predator by the state was arrested earlier this month after he was caught loitering inside the children's play area of a McDonald's restaurant near suburban Elk Grove Village.

Joseph O'Brien, 36, was arrested on Dec. 22 after the restaurant's manager called in a complaint to police, the Daily Herald reports. He has been charged with criminal trespassing and failing to update his address to police.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, O'Brien had reportedly been staring at an 11-year-old girl inside the play area and had been asked to leave the restaurant on several other occasions, CBS Chicago reports.

Per the Chicago Tribune, O'Brien has been arrested 24 times dating back to 1995 and was convicted in 2001 of aggravated sexual abuse and bodily harm. The Illinois state sex offenders' registry lists an address in Des Plaines, Ill., but officials said he had been staying at a motel near the McDonald's restaurant.

O'Brien's bond was set at $75,000 and he is in custody at Cook County Jail.



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