After a La Grange resident reported that a convicted sexual predator was loitering at Sedgewick Park, La Grange police conducted an investigation and arrested Western Springs resident Tate H. Madler on Tuesday.
Madler, 42, of the 4000 block of Lawn Avenue, was arrested at his home after being identified, questioned and taken into custody by La Grange police. He was charged with being a sexual predator in a public park, a Class A misdemeanor.
As a registered sexual predator, Madler is prohibited from being in public parks. Police reported he was seen at Sedgewick Park, located at East Avenue and 47th Street, on several occasions. Police reported there was no indication he attempted to make contact with any children or adults while at the park.
Madler was arrested by Western Springs Police in October 2005 and convicted of two counts of child pornography.
La Grange investigator Ken Uher said he encourages La Grange residents who see something or someone suspicious to call and report to police immediately, just as the resident did in this case.
“This is their community, and they understand what’s right and wrong,” Uhler said. “Our patrol is excellent and we follow through on every call.”