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Man with History of Exposing Himself Arrested in Oswego Store

Mar 04, 2016 10:48PM ● By Steven Jack

James Rozema (photo courtesy the Illinois State Police)

A man with a long history of exposing himself in retail stores is facing new charges from an incident that occurred Friday in Oswego.

James Rozema, 60, of Aurora, was arrested for public indecency, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at about 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Oswego Bed Bath & Beyond for allegedly pulling down his pants in front of customers, according to Oswego Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara. 

Nevara said Rozema did not pull down his underwear or expose his genitals to customers, but he was allegedly rubbing his genitals over his underwear.

Rozema has a long list of similar arrests and convictions. According to court records, in 2013 he was convicted after 
exposing and fondling himself at a retail store in Batavia in 2012. Rozema was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty in Kane County to public indecency and failure to register as a sex offender from previous offenses. 

In 2012 Rozema was convicted of disorderly conduct after taking off his shoes and unbuttoning his shirt in a Batavia Buy Buy Baby. Rozema also pleaded guilty to exposing himself in 2008 in a South Elgin store, and again in 2005 at another store in Batavia. 

Nevara said the criminal trespass charge in Oswego stems from a 2011 incident in the Bed Bath and Beyond after which he was ordered to stay out of the store. 

Rozema was released on a personal recognizance bond, but Nevara said it's possible the Kendall County State's Attorney may consider additional charges against Rozema. He will next appear in court April 27, police said.