A Grayslake woman has been charged with having sex with a 17-year-old boy that had been in her care at a Mundelein residential treatment facility.
Noelle Howlett, 41, of 662 Swan Drive Apt. 2B, Grayslake, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, said Cmdr. Matt McCutcheon of the Grayslake Police Department.
Libertyville police have also charged her with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, he said.
The juvenile, who was a frequent runaway from Chicago, met Howlett while staying at ABCT, a residential treatment center at Fairfield Road and Route 176 in Mundelein. Howlett is employed there as a residential treatment center. The juvenile had returned home to live when the alleged incidents occurred, McCutcheon said.
"According to statements, the juvenile had taken a train from Chicago to Grayslake to meet Howlett," McCutcheon said. "They drove to Libertyville and had sex in her car. That's why there are Libertyville charges attached to this case. Then they went back to her Grayslake apartment and had sex again."
The Grayslake Police Department was notified of the incidents on Oct. 11 by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago because the victim's parents had taken him there to be examined, McCutcheon said.
"One of our detectives went there," he said. "We took statements from the victim. He said the sex was consensual. But Howlett's husband found out what had happened and was angry and called the victim. He said he and his wife were both HIV positive and have hepatitis, and just thought the boy should know."
McCutcheon said Howlett and the victim have both tested negative.