Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The lawyer for Kevin Skaritka said Tuesday in court that his client may be seeing even more charges, while still facing two unrelated sex crime cases.
An Orland Park man facing a pair of unrelated sex crime cases may have even more charges coming down the pike, his lawyer said. "I believe that the state is still looking into the possibility of new charges," Robert Callahan, the attorney for Kevin Skaritka, told Cook County Judge John Joseph Hynes during a Tuesday morning hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse. Investigators are also still probing Skaritka's computer. Hynes set a June 3 date for Skaritka's next appearance. Skaritka, 37, was supposed to go on trial in September for allegedly molesting—and exposing himself to—his girlfriend's teenage daughter. But that case was pushed back when he caught new charges for allegedly attempting to exchange naked pictures with a 14-year-old girl …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A defense attorney for a 36-year-old Orland Park man accused of molesting his girlfriend's teen daughter, and sex chatting with a fictitious 14-year-old girl in an unrelated matter, told a Cook County judge that he wants to move the cases forward.
An attorney for an Orland Park man charged with felony sex crimes involving underaged girls wants to move toward a trial date for his client. However, more evidence in 36-year-old Kevin Skaritka's most recent case, where he was accused of attempting to exchange nude photos online with a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover cop last September, is outstanding, prosecutors said during a hearing Thursday. Skaritka was already facing unrelated sex assault charges and was set to begin a trial in September, but it has been postponed since the new charges were filed. In the original case, authorities say he molested his girlfriend’s teenage daughter and exposed himself to her between 2009 and May 2011. Skaritka has been in custody …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Kevin Skaritka is accused of sending sexual images sent over the Internet, and he is still facing sexual assault charges from an unrelated case.
Prosecutors are getting information about a "nudist chat room" involved in the case against Kevin Skaritka, an Orland Park man charged with felony manufacturing harmful materials, officials said during a court hearing Wednesday. Police said Skaritka, 36, was talking online to someone he thought a 14-year–old girl, but was actually an undercover officer. The conversations took place between Nov. 2011 and June 2012. Prosecutors said at a past hearing that Skaritka sent a naked photo of himself, took part in a video chat while nude and requested a nude photo in return. Skaritka was already facing unrelated sex assault charges before the most recent case, where authorities say he molested his girlfriend’s teenage daughter and exposed himself…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This week, you may have missed triathlon training, a four-car accident, breast cancer survival, haunted woods, the man who helped bring down George Ryan and sex crimes in court, in and near Orland Park.
MONDAY Orland Park Woman 'Empowers' By Training Others for Triathlons MJ Slikas owns Tri Smart Coaching and organizes group workout activities with the regional Team Tri Smart, to help people overcome obstacles to participate in and complete triathlons. UPDATE: First I-80 Crash Caused Four Car Chain Reaction All four westbound lanes on I-80 were closed this morning after five vehicles were involved in two crashes. TUESDAY Union to Village: We Are Not Second Class Citizens Orland Park employees expressed dissatisfaction with higher insurance premiums and a lack of retroactive pay proposed by the village in contract negotiations, now in its 17th month, but also the way the village manager spoke to them at a recent meeting. Orland Park Man …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kevin Skaritka, 35, has been charged with two felonies in relation to what police claim were sexual images sent over the Internet, and is still facing sexual assault charges from an unrelated case.
An Orland Park man pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony charges stemming from sexual images that police said the man sent over the Internet, in a case not related to 14 other counts of sexual assault against the man. Kevin Skaritka, 35, was charged in September with two counts of felony manufacturing harmful materials. Police said Skaritka was talking online to who he thought was a 14-year–old girl, but was actually an undercover officer. The conversations took place between Nov. 2011 and June 2012. Prosecutors said at a past hearing that Skaritka sent a naked photo of himself, took part in a video chat while nude and requested a nude photo in return. Clad in khaki prison garb, Skaritka only spoke during Monday’s hearing in Bridgeview …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Kevin Skaritka, 35, will be arraigned on two felony counts of manufacturing harmful materials in connection with case unrelated to the sexual assault charges.
An Orland Park man accused of sexually assaulting a teen remained in custody Tuesday on new charges unrelated to the molestation case. Kevin Skaritka, 35, is set to be arraigned Sept. 20 on two new felony counts of manufacturing harmful materials. He allegedly sent sexually explicit images to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl in St. Louis, Mo. Police say Skaritka was communicating online with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but he was actually talking to an undercover St. Louis police sergeant. According to prosecutors, Skaritka chatted with the sergeant between November 2011 and June of this year using Yahoo Instant Messenger. Skaritka sent a photo of himself and requested "nudie" pics of the fictitious 14-year-old, …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Kevin Skaritka, 35, is being held on $2 million bond after the prosecution added new charges of distributing harmful materials on Friday. The new charges are unrelated to Skaritka's current sexual assault of child case pending.
A man accused of sexually assaulting a child in Palos and Orland Park was back in court Friday on new charges, after he allegedly sent sexually explicit images to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl in St. Louis, Missouri. Kevin Skaritka, 35, of Orland Park was given a $2 million bond in Judge John Joseph Hynes' courtroom for the new charges of distributing harmful materials. Prosecutors say there could be more charges pending. Skaritka pleaded not guilty to the original charges and a trial was set for Sept. 4. A status hearing on the new case has been set for the same date. In the new case, prosecutors say Skaritka was communicating online with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but he was actually talking to an undercover …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We look back at a week of an array of different court actions, a plan for a new superintendent, another brush fire in Orland Park and more.
MONDAY Agreement Reached in Sandburg Coach's Sexual Abuse Case, Sentence to Come Steven Reynolds, of unincorporated Hinsdale, will return to court for a pre-sentencing report in August. Comings & Goings: Sears Opens Scrubology Store Also in this week's business news, learn how to cash in on Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A, see what car wash business is expanding its horizons and find out all you need to know about Tinley's Caribbean Block Party. TUESDAY D135 Taking Superintendent Hiring Back Into Own Hands The Orland School District 135 Board of Education won’t be contracting with the Illinois Association of School Boards to help with the upcoming permanent superintendent search. WEDNESDAY Enter to Win Free Food at Taste of Orland Park…
Monday, April 30, 2012
The state's pretrial investigation continues against a man charged with 14 counts related to sexual abuse following a joint effort last year by Orland Park and Palos Hills police.
A jury trial set Monday for a man accused of sexually exploiting a teenage girl in both Orland Park and Palos Hills was postponed. Kevin Skaritka, 35, has pleaded not guilty to a 14-count indictment alleging he sexually exploited his girlfriend’s teenage daughter by assaulting her, exposing himself and showing her pornography inside their home. He and his attorney, Robert Callahan, are intending at trial to call witnesses who can provide an alibi for the dates and times between 2009 and 2011 that he is accused of molesting the girl. The state, however, has not finished its investigation, telling Judge John Hynes on the morning a jury was to be selected that cell phone records pertaining to the case remain outstanding. Only recently did …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Attorneys for both sides are scheduled back in court in October.
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- Jesse Marx
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The next hearing for a man accused of sexual exploitation of a teenage girl in Palos Hills and Orland Park is scheduled for October while attorneys continue to collect evidence for trial. Kevin Skaritka, of Orland Park, is charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse. He's accused of molesting a teenage girl between 2009 and May 2011, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In August, Cook County Judge John J. Hynes allowed Skaritka to post bond with an electronic monitor, even though two of his guns—a shotgun and AR-15 rifle—were missing from his home. On Monday, the state's attorney's office told the judge the state needs more time to gather evidence. …