|Screen capture of the Chicago FM Club website featuring convicted child sex offender Bruce D Schrader|
Chicago Police Department records released on March 31st, 2021, show that Bruce D. Schrader, a lifetime Chicagoan, was able to escape Illinois sex offender notification laws and hide his background from sometime in the 1990s until his death on November 7th, 2020.
Even though Schrader was a convicted sex offender, he was able to successfully obtain an amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission. The license was set to expire on 11/13/2023, but the FCC issued the license 21 years ago in the year 2000 when Schrader lived in Chicago's West Humboldt Park community at 4305 W. Hirsch, the address listed by Chicago Police when he was arrested in 1996 for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registration laws.
|Screen capture of Schrader's FCC amateur radio license from the ULS Database|
|Screen capture of the FCC record showing issuance of Schrader's 1st FCC license years after his arrest for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registry Laws|
According to U.S. Federal Laws found in U.S. CFR Part 97 §97.1 Basis and purpose, amateur radio operators are to fulfill 5 basic tenets.
|Screen grab courtesy of the ARRL|
|Screengrab from the FCC site informing the public of PR91-36|
Disguising himself as a harmless communications geek with a legitimate interest in amateur radio, Schrader worked himself into the Chicago FM Club, a non-profit radio hobbyist and public service group that was incorporated as a non-profit in 1965 according to State of Illinois documents.
|State of Illinois Incorporation Certificate recognizing CFMC as a non-profit organization|
Schrader's status as a convicted sex offender stems from a series of sexual criminal incidents from December 1985 through February of 1986 wherein he is documented to have sexually abused and sexually assaulted a victim approximately 12 times between those two dates, according to this Chicago Police Department Arrest Report. This series of attacks resulted in Schrader being charged with Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, and Incest.
|Schrader's Chicago Police Department RAP Sheet showing his sex crime charges, conviction, sentencing, and failure to comply with Illinois Sex Offender Registry laws|
Chicago, IL, 60639 (Beat 2525)
CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1712)
(Feb of 2000)
CHICAGO, IL 60641 (Beat 2521)
(June of 2000)
(May of 2001)
CHICAGO, IL 60651 (Beat 2534)
(Oct 31st of 2005)
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2534)
(Nov 18th 2010)
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2512)
(May 13th, 2013)
CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1622)
(Sept 24th, 2018 until his death in Nov 2020)
The Federal Communications Commission did not require felony background checks when Schrader's license was first issued. The FCC started requiring felony background checks within the last year or so. Even with this new background check requirement in place, the FCC allows license applicants to keep their felony history a secret by following a special procedure.