Illinois man sentenced for molesting St. Louis County girl

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Larry Alverson

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A St. Clair County, Illinois man was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl at knifepoint in front of her younger brothers.

Prosecutors said 41-year-old Larry Alverson skipped parole in July 2015 after being granted an early release weeks prior. Alverson was convicted of trespassing and sentenced to more than two years on February 6, 2015; he was out on June 26, 2015. He cut off his ankle monitor and escaped home confinement.

On July 17, prosecutors said Alverson was inside a grocery store on Lemay and brushed up against the 11-year-old girl. He then followed the girl’s family home in a stolen vehicle.

Alverson came back around 2 a.m. the following morning. He broke into the family’s home and found the girl’s bedroom, which she shared with her younger brothers. He threatened to kill all three children if they made any noise and sexually assaulted the girl.

Just days later, Alverson is said to have made inappropriate sexual contact with at least one teenage girl in the aisles of the Target store on S. Hampton Avenue.

St. Louis County police eventually caught Alverson on S. Broadway in St. Louis City. He’d managed to steal a second vehicle by this time.

Alverson was convicted October 28. He was sentenced to 30 years for burglary and armed criminal action, plus an additional 30 years for four counts of sodomy and four other counts of armed criminal action.

So how could Alverson get released from prison so quickly? A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections said Alverson was eligible for “day -for-day good time credit.”

In the Illinois penal system, you get a day reduced off the time you have to serve for every day you stay out of trouble while incarcerated. Alverson got credit for the time he spent in the county jail awaiting trial, then was allowed to get out after only fifteen months total due to good behavior.

And while he’s faced a laundry list of criminal charges including sex related crimes, Alverson was never placed on a sex offender registry. That’s because he was never convicted of a sex related crime.

More than a dozen year ago, Alverson was accused of breaking into a home and crawling into bed with a 14-year-old girl. Prosecutors at the time opted for plea deal; sex charges would be dropped and Alverson would plead guilty to home invasion.