Chicago, Illinois — A 20-year-old man has been charged with criminal sexual assault after he was caught with a half-dressed 13-year-old girl in his car. Steve Burton admitted having sex with the girl and was arrested after a Des Plaines police officer saw him and the girl getting dressed in a car parked in Lions Woods at Golf and River Roads.
I’m glad police are taking the time to investigate suspicious vehicles in woods because this seems to happen more often than I previously thought. Are forest preserves a known hangout for pedophiles and their prey?
Burton indicated the two had met online. The girl told police that she met Burton on MySpace when she was 12 and they had been texting, chatting on Facebook and talking by phone for about six months, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
On Jan. 15, Burton must have wanted another booty call because he called the girl several times, then showed up at her home and drove her to the forest preserve, where they engaged in sex.…Continue Reading
Stickney, Illinois — Four men in the suburbs of Chicago gang-raped a 14-year-old girl and recorded the attacks on a cell phone, prosecutors said Wednesday. Three teenagers, Alex Picallo, 16, Majeed Khalifeh, 18, and Jonathan Leanos, 19, were charged with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual assault in the incident at Leanos’ Stickney home Saturday. A fourth man, 22-year-old Vicente Hernandez from Cicero, has also been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with the case. Picallo was ordered held on $500,000 bail Tuesday. Khalifeh and Leanos appeared in court in Bridgeview on Wednesday and were ordered held in lieu of $600,000 and $750,000 bail. Hernandez will appear for a bond hearing later Thursday at the Bridgeview courthouse, a release said. All four are being charged as adults in the attack. Leanos met the victim on Myspace this past summer, and they met several times before Leanos took the victim to his house Saturday. Leanos allegedly asked the girl to have sex, and when she refused he took her to pick up Khalifeh and Hernandez and returned to his home where Picallo met them.…Continue Reading
Chicago, IL — A Great Dane named Scooby and his owner, Agustin Zamora, were in the right place at the right time Thursday evening. Around 4:44 p.m. a 14 year old girl had just gotten off of a bus and was making her way home when she noticed a man following her. That man, 28 year old Larry Smith, caught her as she ran up the steps to her home, threw her to the ground, climbed on top of her and began to forcibly remove her clothes. Zamora and Scooby, out for a walk, heard the girls screams for help and rushed to render assistance. Smith attempted to flee the scene but was no match for the pair – they kept him cowering in an alley until police arrived. Smith, who has been arrested nearly 40 times since 2001 for multiple drug offenses among other things, was arrested and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault. He remains behind bars in lieu of $200,000 bail. The girl, unnamed because her age, was not seriously injured. A job well done for Scooby who did not even have to bite Smith to keep him put.…Continue Reading