Monthly Archives: May 2012

Attempted Child Abduction Of 14-Year-Old Girl In Oak Lawn, Illinois On May 29, 2012

On Tuesday afternoon, a 14-year-old girl was the subject of an alleged child abduction attempt in Oak Lawn.

The girl called 911, claiming that she was being followed by a male for a number of blocks and being repeatedly asked to get into his van.

The incident occurred as the girl was walking southbound on Pulaski, near 95th Street.

Although Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park Police were able to get to the girl within a minute of the 911 call, the suspect had left the area.

The man was described as a black male in his 40s, having short hair, a mustache, and was wearing a yellow t-shirt.  The man’s van was described as red or maroon in color, and possibly a Ford Windstar.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the May 30 CBS Chicago story titled “Police Seek Suspect In Attempted Oak Lawn Child Abduction” as well as the May 29 Oak Lawn Patch story titled “Attempted Child Abduction Reported Tuesday Afternoon in Oak Lawn.”

Those with information concerning the incident or suspect are asked to call Oak Lawn Police at (708) 422-8292.

Update On Sexual Assault Case Against Former Woodstock North High School Teacher

This post is an update to the post of January 20, titled “Woodstock, Illinois High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault Of 14-Year-Old Student.”

In that January 20 post, the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old student is summarized.

However, now prosecutors want to enter into court proceedings that James Guttridge, the former Woodstock North High School teacher, also had sex with a second student, an 18-year-old senior, in the spring of 2006.

Guttridge, 38, of Rockford, currently faces one count of criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to court documents.

According to prosecutors, Guttridge “groomed” the girls in order to touch, kiss, and eventually have sex with them; the girls are said to have had “troubled” home lives.  Guttridge also is said to have regularly driven the girls home from school.

In the case of the 18-year-old student, the sex was not illegal as the student was 18; however, it was against school policy.

Prosecutors also say that Guttridge made lewd comments to a food service worker at the school regarding a closet in which Guttridge allegedly had sex with the 14-year-old student.  Prosecutors want to use this testimony as evidence, which will be ruled upon by June 1.

The trial is scheduled to start June 11.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the May 25 Northwest Herald story titled “Prosecutors say teacher had sex with 2nd student” as well as the May 25 Chicago Tribune story titled “Defense asks to bar testimony at Woodstock teacher sex trial.”

Child Abduction Attempt In Urbana, Illinois On May 19, 2012

A man from Greenup, Illinois, has been charged in connection with an alleged attempted child abduction on Saturday, May 19, in Urbana, Illinois.

The man, Bennie A. Hays, 72, pleaded innocent yesterday to one count of felony child abduction.

Should Hays be convicted, he could be sentenced to between one and three years in prison.

An excerpt from the May 21 News-Gazette article titled “Greenup man pleads innocent following attempted child abduction” :

According to an Urbana police report, officers were sent to the 1300 block of Silver Street about 1:50 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man trying to lure children into his pickup truck with a puppy or small dog. Although he left the area before they got there, police found Hays about 3 p.m. and arrested him.

Police said a woman saw the man’s interaction with children from afar and yelled at them, prompting him to take off as well as the children.

According to witnesses, among the children the man was attempting to “lure” into his vehicle was a girl of age 3-6 years, as well as two or three boys of the same age.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the News-Gazette article mentioned above, as well as the May 21 FoxIllinois.com story titled “Man arrested for alleged child abduction attempted in Urbana.”

Attempted Sexual Assault In Morton Grove, Illinois

On Wednesday night, May 16, there was an attempted sexual assault of a woman in her 60s who had been exercising.  The attempted attack happened in the 9300 block of Washington Street at approximately 9:10 p.m., according to Morton Grove Police.

An excerpt from a Chicago Tribune article of May 18 titled “Morton Grove woman fends off attacker with frozen water bottle” :

The woman had been exercising while carrying a bottle of ice water when the man, who she described as being between the ages of 25 and 40, confronted her but she fought him off, said Morton Grove Police Cmdr. Paul Yeras.

The man was about 5-foot-10 with a “husky’’ build and had his pants pulled down to his mid-thigh area, according to the statement.

“He tried to grab her and pull her into the bushes,’’ said Yeras. “She swung at him with her frozen water bottle and hit him in the side of the face.’’

The woman was able to run away and was not injured during the attempted attack.

Those with information concerning the incident are asked to contact police at (847) 663-3823.

12-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted In Glenview, Illinois

Glenview Police have disclosed a sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl occurred Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. in a “common area” between John’s Park and Hoffman School, in southeast Glenview, Illinois.

The assault occurred during an arranged meeting between the girl and the alleged assailant.

Glenview Police have said that the arranged meeting was done “through forms of electronic communication,” i.e. the internet.

While Glenview Police continue to investigate, it appears as if the assailant has left the area.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Glenview Announcements article of May 17 titled “Police: 12-year-old assaulted in park near Hoffman School” as well as the May 17 Glenview TribLocal story titled “Parents warned as Glenview Police investigate sexual assault of girl, 12, near Hoffman School.”