An Alton man is on trial to determine if he is a sexually violent person, who should be confined to an institution. 39-year-old Sylvester Smallwood pleaded guilty in 2005 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to six years in prison. After his prison term, he was referred to an institution for treatment. The state however must hold a hearing in order to justify continuing to keep him confined.
Assistant Attorney General Anna Young alleges that Smallwood has a “high risk” of re-offending, based on scientific research as to the characteristics of repeat offenders. Defense Attorney John Delaney said that the state must prove that Smallwood is, at this time, a sexually violent person, as opposed to the past. He said that his client was voluntarily undergoing therapy.