The wife of a convicted child sexual predator was arrested Tuesday and charged with hiding her husband from authorities before he could be sentenced in his criminal case.
Authorities issued a warrant for Shawn Lipsey, 40, on Jan. 13 after the Plano man failed to appear for a sentencing hearing at the Kendall County courthouse, Kendall County sheriff’s police said in a statement.
He had been convicted last November of six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, police said.
Kendall County authorities and the U.S. Marshals Service launched an investigation to find him, and learned this week that he may have been staying at his former home with his wife, police said.
A SWAT team searched thehome in the 500 block of East Broadway Street in Newark on Tuesday and found Lipsey in a specially constructed hidden room, police said.
His wife, 40-year-old Raissa Jarosz-Lipsey, lived in the home and is accused of helping him avoid capture, police said.
Raissa Jarosz-Lipsey | Kendall County sheriff’s office
Jarosz-Lipsey was charged Tuesday with felony charges of obstructing justice and concealing or aiding a fugitive, and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the statement said.
She was ordered held on a $500,000 bond and is being held at the Kendall County jail, police said.
Lipsey is being held without bond, and will appear for a sentencing hearing in the sexual assault case on Friday.