Monthly Archives: July 2011

Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted In Antioch, Illinois

On Tuesday night, July 26 a 16 year-old girl was abducted and raped in Antioch, Illinois.

An ex-convict, Anthony Cerone, 35, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated armed violence, and 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault, according to police.

The incident occurred after the girl was abducted at knifepoint after coming out of an Antioch Walmart after 9:00 p.m.  Previous to entering the Walmart at 9:00 p.m., the girl spotted Cerone pacing back and forth outside the Walmart; when the girl left the Walmart approximately 20 minutes later, Cerone held her at knifepoint and forced her into her vehicle.

According to police, he then ordered the girl to drive to the rear parking lot of the Best Western Regency Inn at 350 W. Route 173, where he proceeded to sexually assault the girl.

According to police, after the sexual assault, Cerone forced the victim to drive back to an area near the abduction point (Walmart) and drop him off at a church parking lot across the street.  He warned her not to tell anyone what happened.

According to Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville, “There’s no connection whatsoever between he and the victim.”

Police arrested Cerone at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday based upon the victim’s descriptions, video surveillance tapes and other investigative findings.

Cerone, who has an extensive criminal history involving weapons charges and violent crimes, appeared in court Thursday.  Bail was set at $1 million.

According to police, the victim was hospitalized briefly following the assault, but was not injured.

More details on this incident can be found in the dailyherald.com story of July 29 titled “Antioch man charged with abducting, raping teen.”

Sexual Assault Lawsuit Dismissed

A high-profile lawsuit brought against KBR Inc. by former employee Jamie Leigh Jones has been dismissed Friday in Federal Court.

According to a Wall Street Journal article of July 9-10 :

Jamie Leigh Jones, 26 years old, had claimed she was drugged and subsequently raped by former KBR firefighter Charles Bortz just three days after arriving in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

She further alleged that KBR, a former unit ofHalliburton Co., had defrauded her by concealing the risk of sexual assault at its camp in Iraq, and by including a mandatory arbitration clause in her contract for resolving work-related complaints. Her lawyers had sought $145 million in damages from both defendants.

A day after closing arguments in the four-week trial, the jury of eight men and three women found Ms. Jones wasn’t raped, and that KBR had not committed fraud in its employment contract. “We have known the truth for a long time now, and we are very relieved and gratified to get these facts out to the public,” said Daniel Hedges, a lawyer representing KBR.

“Since 2005, KBR has been subjected to a continuing series of lies perpetuated by the plantiff in front of Congress, in the media and to any audience wishing to lend an ear to this story,” said a KBR spokeswoman.

Todd Kelly, a lawyer for Ms. Jones, said: “We respect the jury’s decision based upon the evidence they were allowed to see.” Mr. Kelly declined to say whether he would appeal.

Charles Bortz said that he had consensual sex with Jamie Leigh Jones, and hadn’t been criminally charged.

Additional details on the story can be seen in the July 9-10 Wall Street Journal article titled “Jury Favors KBR in Iraq Rape Trial

$20 Million State Of California Settlement Approved For Jaycee Lee Dugard’s Family

The family of Jaycee Lee Dugard will receive a $20 million settlement from the state of California under an agreement approved by lawmakers Thursday.

The settlement was approved on a 70 to 2 vote in the state Assembly and a 30 to 1 vote in the state Senate. Spokesman Aaron McLear said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign the legislation.

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnaped by a paroled rapist and subsequently gave birth to his two daughters.

Jaycee Lee, now 30, was on her way to school in 1991 when she was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood.  She went missing until last August, when she was discovered living in a ramshackle Bay Area compound.  The compound was owned by Phillip Garrido — the man charged with her kidnap and rape.

As seen in the July 2 Los Angeles Times article titled “Jaycee Lee Dugard’s family will receive $20 million from California” :

Two months after Dugard and her daughters were found, a prison watchdog group reported that state parole officers had failed to properly supervise Garrido for a decade and had missed obvious clues that could have led them to the three victims much earlier.

In claims filed against the state in January, the family said that “various lapses by the Corrections Department” contributed to “Dugard’s continued captivity, ongoing sexual assault and mental and/or physical abuse.”

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) called the settlement “prudent.” As a former head of the state parole board for serious offenders, Nielsen said he voted for the settlement because “it will end the legal vulnerability of the state and hopefully bring comfort to the families that they won’t have to have protracted litigation.”

Nielsen acknowledged that the state could have faced legal liabilities “vastly beyond $20 million” if the case had gone to court. He lamented Dugard’s 18-year abduction and blamed the state’s correctional system for lapses that extended the young woman’s ordeal.

“It was a failure of the administration of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and their woeful disregard of statute and regulation,” he said.

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The payment was recommended by the state Department of Justice and approved by the governor’s budget office. An analysis of the settlement bill noted that, although the state corrections department denied the allegations and typically had legal immunity from such claims, the Dugard case “had a unique and tragic character,” including “missed opportunities to identify Ms. Dugard” during her captivity.

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According to the two-month investigation of the Garrido case, the convicted rapist had at least six different parole agents over a decade and was barely supervised for several years after the state began monitoring him.

Weinstein noted, however, that Dugard was abducted and raped when Garrido was under federal supervision. When asked whether a federal lawsuit is in the works, Dale Kinsella, Dugard’s attorney, declined to comment.

Additional details on the story can be found in the July 2 Los Angeles Times article titled “Jaycee Lee Dugard’s family will receive $20 million from California.”