Man Grabs Girl In Chicago’s McKinley Park Neighborhood

A girl was molested as she walked to school in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood Thursday, January 14, 2016.

According to Chicago Police, the incident happened at 7:50 a.m., as the girl and a friend were walking to Evergreen Academy.

At that time, a man – walking on the sidewalk in the same direction as the girls – made physical contact with the girl.

An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article titled “Girl Molested While Walking to Middle School in McKinley Park, Police Warn“:

At 7:50 a.m. Thursday, the girl and a friend were walking to Evergreen Academy when a man walked up to them and grabbed the victim in a sexually abusive way, according to a Chicago Police alert. The man then walked off.

According to Chicago Police, the man is described as Hispanic, 35-40 years old, 5’7″-5’9″, and weighing 170 pounds. He is said to have a dark complexion, and a round face with acne scars.  He has short, “spiky” black hair.

Those with information about the incident are asked to call Chicago Police at 312-747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above, as well as the January 18 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Man grabbed girl as she walked to McKinley Park school.”

Chicago Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of 15-Year-Old Boy

A teacher at Lincoln Park High School has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for his alleged sexual activities with a 15-year-old boy that he met online.

The teacher has been identified as Benjamin Zollo, 32, of Chicago.  The boy’s identity has not been disclosed; however, he is said to not have been a student at Lincoln Park High School.

Zollo and the boy allegedly met online on the “Kik” instant messaging application.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of January 14, 2016, titled “Lincoln Park High School teacher charged with criminal sexual abuse“:

After exchanging messages for about a month and sending each other photos, the boy went to Zollo’s home in the 1900 block of North Oakley Avenue, where they had sex before Zollo drove the teen back home, prosecutors said.  They then met about every two weeks for sex, according to prosecutors.

The boy’s father confronted the boy after the boy was gone all night New Year’s Eve, and the boy admitted where he had been.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the January 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Lincoln Park High School teacher charged with sexual abuse of juvenile.”

Alleged Sexual Abuse Of 16-Year-Old Boy In Naperville

A Naperville teacher has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after an incident on New Year’s Day.

The alleged sexual abuse happened at the teacher’s house on New Year’s Day.  The teacher has been identified as Christine Taylor, 44, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville.

An excerpt from the January 4, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Naperville teacher accused of molesting boy“:

According to prosecutors, Taylor had invited the 16-year-old boy and his mother to her house in the 1100 block of Spring Garden Circle for pizza on New Year’s Day. Around 9 p.m., she persuaded the victim’s mother to allow Taylor and the teen to take Taylor’s dog for a walk. But authorities allege that Taylor instead took the boy into a bedroom at her home and abused him.

The alleged abuse was witnessed by the boy’s mother.  Another person in the home called police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged sexual abuse can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the January 3 Naperville Patch article titled “Teacher Allegedly Sexually Abused Boy in Her Bedroom.”

Men Approach Children In Two Recent Incidents

Recently there have been two reports by police of men approaching and/or attempting to lure children.

The most recent of these two attempts was on Sunday, December 13, 2015.  According to Chicago Police, this child luring attempt happened in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood.  This incident involved a man attempting to lure a 15-year-old girl into his truck at approximately 12:15 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Pulaski Road.  Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 15, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police:  Man tried to lure girl, 15, in West Lawn.”

The other incident involved a man approaching three middle-school children in Highland Park.  According to Highland Park Police, the alleged incident happened on December 9 at Burton Avenue and Washington Place.  It is not clear from information provided as to what interaction occurred between the man and students.  However, the students did not know the man.  Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Daily North Shore article of December 10, 2015 titled “HP Cops Alert To ‘Stranger’ Report.”

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Additional posts concerning actual and attempted Chicago-area child abductions can be seen in the “Attempted Child Abductions” category.

Teacher Charged Regarding Sexual Relationship With Student

An Oak Park teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.

According to Chicago Police, the teacher, identified as Jeremy J. Lind, 41, a teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School, has been charged with various felonies.  These charges include three counts of criminal sexual assault; four counts of traveling to meet a minor; four counts of indecent solicitation of a child; and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.  The charges stem from a sexual relationship that Lind allegedly had with one of his students.

The charges and alleged sexual relationship is discussed in various media sources, including the December 15, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Oak Park and River Forest HS teacher charged with sexually assaulting student” as well as the December 15 CBS Chicago article titled “High School Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student.”

The Chicago Tribune article gives a fairly detailed description of the interaction between Lind and the student and events leading to the charges.  An excerpt, citing information provided by Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Turnock:

According to Turnock, on Sept. 14, the teenage girl got a hotel room in downtown Chicago, where Lind met her and engaged in sex acts with her. The two met again on Sept. 21 and 22 in Chicago where they again “engaged in sexual acts,” Turnock said.

Turnock said Lind and the teen met again on Sept. 25, but Lind received a call from his babysitter shortly after meeting and had to drop the girl off at her car.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago article mentioned above.