Attempted Child Abduction In Lockport, Illinois

There was an alleged child abduction attempt Monday (March 20, 2017) in Lockport.  The incident happened in the area of Oak Avenue and Green Garden Place.

According to information provided by the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the child abduction attempt happened as a 15-year-old girl was waiting for a bus at approximately 6:30 a.m.   At that time, a man attempted to pull the girl into his car by grabbing her around the waist.

The girl was able to escape the man and then ran home.

The man’s car is described as a small silver sedan, with several large rust spots on the car, especially on the trunk.  At the time of the incident, the car didn’t have license plates on it.

An excerpt from the March 21, 2017 Homer Glen Patch, titled “15-Year-Old Girl Escapes Kidnapping Attempt In Lockport Township“:

The sheriff’s office is asking the public for help in identifying the vehicle or offender. Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigation Division at 815-727-8574 or after business hours, call the non-emergency number at 815-727-8575.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Illinois child abduction attempt can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Homer Glen Patch article mentioned above as well as the March 22 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Attempted To Abduct 15-Year-Old Girl In Lockport.”


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

Former Peoria Teacher Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Student

In the recent past there have been many instances of alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault of children by teachers and other types of school personnel, such as principals and other administrators, in Illinois.  On this site, various instances of such behavior have been summarized and otherwise discussed.

A former teacher (who was a teacher in Peoria at the time of the alleged sexual assault) has been recently convicted for sexual assault of a student.

The former teacher has been identified as Veronica Dixon, 28.  She was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Thursday (February 9, 2017) after a court trial.  Her sentencing is scheduled for March 29 and she faces up to 15 years in prison.

An excerpt from the February 9, 2017 Peoria Journal Star article titled “Former Trewyn teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a student“:

According to court records, the 15-year-old boy involved was a student of hers. Dixon, then a first-year seventh-grade teacher at Trewyn, got the boy’s number about the beginning of the year. They talked back and forth and exchanged text messages. About Jan. 9, 2016, they met at Dixon’s house and had sex, according to court records.

The alleged affair came to light after the boy’s mother saw some of the text messages between the two on her phone, which the mother had allowed her son to use. The teen told police he and Dixon had engaged in inappropriate activity at school and while the two were alone, according to court records.

The article also discusses other alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault allegations by teachers in the Peoria public schools in recent years.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this sexual assault conviction of a teacher can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Peoria Journal Star article mentioned above as well as the February 10 Bloomington Pantagraph article titled “Ex-teacher in Peoria convicted in sexual assault of student.”

Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of 17-Year-Old Girl

In the last post (“Sexual Abuse Of Children By Instructors“) instances of alleged sexual abuse of children by teachers and other types of instructors was discussed, and the charges filed against a gymnastics instructor were highlighted.

There have been many instances of Illinois sexual abuse and sexual assault at schools involving personnel who are not teachers.  This has included administrative personnel as well as others, such as janitors.  Many such instances of alleged abuse and sexual assault have been summarized on this site.

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with sexual assault of a then-17-year-old girl.  The girl was a student at a high school (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) at which the officer also served as a security officer.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 15, 2017, titled “Chicago Police officer charged with criminal sexual assault“:

A Chicago Police officer who was employed as a security guard at a Chicago Public School has been charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage girl who attended the high school where he worked.

Eugene Ciardullo, 51, was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual assault of a victim between 13 and 17 years old.

The article, as well as other sources, indicate that Ciardullo and the girl became acquainted during the 2014-2015 school year, and the relationship became physical and then sexual during 2016.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bond set at $75K for Chicago Police officer charged with sex assault.”

Sexual Abuse Of Children By Instructors

There have been many instances of alleged sexual abuse of children by teachers and other types of instructors in Illinois.  On this site, posts concerning sexual abuse are seen in the “Sexual Abuse” category.

Another incident of alleged sexual abuse at a gym has occurred.  A man has been charged with regard to alleged sexual abuse as a gymnastics instructor at Energym in Sycamore.

Details regarding the alleged sexual abuse and the charges against the man (Joseph Hannon, 21) are discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 21, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Suburban Gymnastics Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Children” as well as the December 21 Northwest Herald article titled “Police:  More victims of Sycamore gymnastics instructor found.”

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article:

Hannon has been in custody since Dec. 7, when he was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old girl during an open gym session Nov. 25 at Energym. The incident was captured on video, police said.

Days later, more charges were added in connection with three incidents with another 9-year-old girl during a tumbling course Hannon taught over the summer at Energym.

Hannon could face as many as 60 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The list of charges against him is likely to grow.

As seen in the two media sources mentioned above, the gym did not conduct a criminal background check of Hannon previous to his being hired.

Additional details regarding this alleged child sexual abuse can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.

Maine West Soccer Team Hazing Lawsuit Settled

Sexual assault that was part of alleged hazing of Maine West High School (in Des Plaines) soccer team members in 2012, and the lawsuit filed concerning the hazing, has been previously discussed on this site in the following two posts:

Recently, a settlement has been reached regarding the lawsuit.  This settlement is discussed in a number of media sources, including the November 8, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Dist. 207 settles soccer hazing lawsuit for $1 million” and the November 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “$1 million settlement for students who alleged Maine West hazing.”

A couple of excerpts from the Chicago Sun-Times article:

Five former Maine West students who filed a lawsuit against the northwest suburban high school four years ago claiming they were sexually assaulted in a soccer hazing ritual have been awarded $1 million in a settlement.


At least one student claimed teammates tore off his pants and underwear, pushed him to the ground, shoved his face in the dirt, punched him, grabbed his testicles and sodomized him with fingers and sticks, according to the suit.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article:

Soccer coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez were fired after the allegations surfaced in 2012. Divincenzo also was charged with hazing and misdemeanor battery, but a Cook County judge acquitted him after a trial in 2014.

Six students were charged as juveniles with battery and hazing, but none were charged with sexual assault.

As seen in the articles regarding the settlement, the District 207 school board issued a statement denying any wrongdoing with regard to the alleged incidents claimed in the lawsuit.

Additional details regarding the alleged hazing and sexual assaults and lawsuit settlement can be seen in the sources mentioned above.