A Round Lake man who has taken multiple inappropriate videos of young girls in public has been sentenced to additional jail time for violating probation in a Gurnee case.
Alexander A. Mesa, 33, of the 500 block of West Caldwell Drive in Round Lake, was charged in February 2019 with unauthorized videotaping of a child and unauthorized videotaping.
The charges stemmed from an incident where Mesa allegedly video recorded two female victims who were under the age of 18, according to court documents.
The incident happened in the changing room of a store in Gurnee.
Mesa reached a plea deal with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office where he pleaded guilty in July 2019 to one count of unauthorized videotaping of a child, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for his other charge being dismissed.
Mesa was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 100 hours of public service, counseling and 30 months of probation.
A year after his sentencing, Mesa was arrested in McHenry and charged with public indecency by lewd exposure, disorderly conduct, unauthorized video recording and attempted unauthorized video recording.
An indictment by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said Mesa was at the Dick’s Sporting Goods, 3436 Shoppers Drive in McHenry, on August 4, 2020.
Mesa “exposed his sex organ in a lewd manner” with the intent to “satisfy the defendant’s sexual desire,” the indictment said.
On the same day, Mesa then went to Old Navy, located in the same shopping complex as Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The indictment said Mesa put his phone, which was recording video, under the skirt of a girl who was under the age of 18 while inside the Old Navy store.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office reached a negotiated plea deal with the man in late June of this year.
Mesa pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized video recording and live video transmission, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his other charges.
McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Tiffany Davis approved the plea deal and sentenced Mesa to 16 days in jail and one year of conditional discharge.
Mesa was also required to pay $734 in court fines and fees and undergo a sex offender evaluation.
After Mesa pleaded guilty to the McHenry charges, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition in July to revoke the man’s probation in the Gurnee case.
In mid-August, a Lake County judge sentenced Mesa to 18 months of periodic imprisonment in the Lake County Jail. Mesa’s probation is now extended to last until July 2023.