A convicted sex offender is accused of another sex crime, this time in Wood River. Police say 45-year-old Michael E. Cox, of the 200 block of Cooper Street in East Alton, was peering in windows at the VIP Nursing Home on East Edwardsville Road and exposing himself. He has been charged with public indecency.
An employee at the facility reportedly called 911 to report a man walking behind the building and pulling his pants down as he looked in windows. Cox has previous convictions of sexual exploitation of a child in 2006 and of being a child sex offender present in a school zone two years later. His criminal history dates back over 25 years, with charges in the late 1980's for aggravated battery and public indecency. He is being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.