PEORIA -- A Creve Coeur man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison Wednesday for repeatedly contacting minors online and asking for nude pictures.
Charles A. Hewitt, 48, had been previously convicted of enticement and exploitation of minor girls to engage in sexual acts and for being a sex offender at the time of the offenses. He was sentenced to 25 years on the enticement charge and an additional 10 years on the sex offender count.
He must serve at least 85 percent of both sentences which are consecutive. He must pay $3,000 in restitution to each of the named victims and serve a 10-year period of supervised release.
According to an affidavit filed in federal court in September 2018, a detective from Becker, Minn., contacted Peoria police about Hewitt, as he was trying to reach out to young children on the internet. Officials linked the gmail account that was being used to Hewitt, the affidavit states.
Further searches found records from online chats with Hewitt and a 15-year-old from Clinton, Ill. Initially, it appears the girl thought she was talking to a person close to her age, but then, the “man” told her he was the boy’s father. The girl, the affidavit states, sent illicit pictures to him upon request and at some point, he drove to Clinton, where he met up with her. They went into the woods, and he allegedly began kissing and groping her before she called police and he fled, according to the affidavit.
A review of the girl’s cellphone also provided more evidence of contact between the two, according to court records.
The affidavit states Hewitt has a 2014 Woodford County conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was a registered sex offender, according to court records.