A Wood River man is facing a lengthly jail term after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. 22 year old John David Allen entered the plea in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Monday following a case where he was arrested in Colorado with a 15 year old girl from Jerseyville.

Allen was found last September 21 with the girl who was reported missing by her parents a week earlier. He has been in custody since and has a previous conviction of sexual abuse in Madison County from December 2010 where he was sentenced to three years probation and required to register. The sentence from Madison County required Allen to register as a sex offender with a local law enforcement agency by September 5 but he failed to do so by the deadline. He now faces up to 10 years in jail, along with a fine of $250,000, as well as a period of supervised release. He will be sentenced June 13.

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