Saturday, October 20, 2012
Almost 300 Illinois records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Patch's searchable database allows you to search by cities in Illinois. Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Steven Reynolds, of unincorporated Hinsdale, received a sentence that included 15 days of work-release and 30 months of probation.
A former Carl Sandburg High School coach from unincorporated Hinsdale pleaded guilty Monday to criminal sexual abuse of a 17-year-old female and was sentenced to 15 days in a work-release program and 30 months of probation. Steven Reynolds, 27, of the 600 block of 55th Street, was working as a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Sandburg in Orland Park when he was arrested on Feb. 6. He was charged with two counts of criminal sexual abuse after he made sexual contact with a 17-year-old female Sandburg student at his home on Jan. 28. The prosecution dropped one of those counts in exchange for the guilty plea. In addition to the work-release and probation, Reynolds will have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years, perform…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Cook County Judge John J. Hynes said Monday that evidence of other crimes in the case of Kevin Skaritka, who is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, will be allowed even though the defense argued it would be prejudicial.
A Cook County judge ruled Monday that evidence of other crimes in the case of Kevin Skaritka will be allowed in his trial, saying the evidence offered by prosecutors has “probative value that outweighs a prejudicial effect.” Skaritka, 35, of Orland Park has been charged with 14 counts of sexual assault and is accused of molesting his girlfriend’s teenage daughter and exposing himself to her between 2009 and May 2011. During Monday's hearing, Judge John J. Hynes said he considered the defense's argument that allowing evidence of crimes that allegedly took place over a two-year period would be prejudicial. The evidence prosecutors have presented include Skaritka allegedly offering the victim alcohol and cannabis and coming to her bedroom in…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Steven Reynolds, of unincorporated Hinsdale, will return to court for a pre-sentencing report in August.
The substitute teacher from unincorporated Hinsdale, charged with criminal sexual abuse stemming from a Jan. 28 incident involving a 17-year-old female Carl Sandburg High School student, will likely be sentenced next month after it was announced Monday his attorney has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. Steven E. Reynolds, 27, of the 600 block of 55th Street, was serving as a sub and freshman basketball coach at Sandburg in Orland Park, when he was arrested by the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 6 and charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse. Details of Reynolds' plea agreement were not read during Monday's brief status hearing at the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton. After a conference with both sides…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Steven E. Reynolds, of unincorporated Hinsdale, has faced two brief status hearings since he pleaded not guilty in March, as his case moves toward trial.
A substitute teacher from unincorporated Hinsdale charged with criminal sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student was in court Wednesday for a second status hearing since pleading not guilty to two felony counts at his arraignment in March. Steven E. Reynolds, 27, of the 600 block of 55th Street, was serving as a substitute teacher and freshman basketball coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park when he was arrested by the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 6. He was charged after friends of the victim, a Sandburg student, told authorities about a Jan. 28 incident at Reynolds' home during which the alleged abuse occurred. There has been little public movement in the case so far. The two status hearings have been brief, little more…
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 …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Former students seeking claims against Irish Christian Brothers must show religious order knew certain members were a danger to children. Deadline to file is Aug. 1.
Documents amassed by a Seattle-based law firm show that although the Irish Christian Brothers knew one of its members may have molested students at Brother Rice High School, they still sent him to other schools. The allegations came to light after a bankruptcy filing by the Irish Christian Brothers in an attempt to cap any damages from former students filing claims alleging sexual or physical abuse by members of the religious order who taught at the high schools. Sign up for the O-L Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Brother Edward Courtney, who ran extracurricular activities and served various teaching and administrative roles at Brother Rice's South Side Chicago campus from 1960 to 1968, has been named in lawsuits and court …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
In Other Courthouse News: A 72-year-old Mokena man was accused of sexually abusing three young relatives. Trial postponed again for animal rescue owner.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. TINLEY PARK — Animal Cruelty Trial Postponed Without Presiding Judge Dawn Hamill was charged with several dozen counts of animal cruelty and neglect of owner's duties following a raid on her Tinley Park business in February 2011. Her attorney will try again to get the charges tossed out. NEW LENOX — Attorneys said they have begun “kicking around” a possible plea deal for the man accused of murdering Dwight Jones but have not reached a formal offer. Prosecutors allege that after Rodney Julun bludgeoned Jones inside his New Lenox Township home, in June 2011, he and two other men proceeded to rob Jones’ house over the course of several days. …
Monday, March 12, 2012
A jury trial is slated April 30 for Kevin Skaritka, who is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and more. His attorney claims he was at work during the times when the crimes allegedly happened.
Kevin Skaritka and his attorney have until Thursday to produce a list of witnesses who could provide alibis for the dates and times between 2009 and 2011 that he is accused of molesting a girl in Orland Park and Palos Hills. 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 his home. A jury trial is tentatively set to begin April 30. Cook County Judge John J. Hynes on Monday gave defense attorney Robert Callahan three days to file a list of people who can testify that Skaritka was not where the state says he was. “With all due respect, he’s actually punched in at work at the times alleged in …
Monday, March 5, 2012
An attorney for Steven Reynolds declined to comment about the case following Monday's court hearing.
A Carl Sandburg High School substitute teacher and basketball coach from unincorporated Hinsdale pleaded not guilty Monday in DuPage County court to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student. Authorities said Steven Reynolds, 26, was involved in acts with the student at his home in the 600 block of 55th Street on Jan. 28. He was arrested by the DuPage County Sherriff’s Office on Feb. 6, after information was given to the school administration by friends of the victim. Reynolds’ attorney, Joseph M. Laraia of Laraia, Harrison, and Laraia, made no comment about the charges against his client after Monday’s hearing. According to the office of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, the victim told friends …