Bond set at $250K for teen charged in rape of Thornton High student

2013-09-23T10:45:00Z 2013-09-23T21:05:27Z Bond set at $250K for teen charged in rape of Thornton High studentGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
September 23, 2013 10:45 am  • 

CHICAGO | Bond is set at $250,000 for a 16-year-old boy facing criminal charges as an adult in the alleged robbery and rape of a Thornton High School student near school property, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

J.W. McBee, of Harvey, was at the Criminal Courts Building on Saturday, where Associate Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesel set bond. His case will transfer back to the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court in Markham, and the state’s attorney’s office said he will have a status hearing there on Tuesday.

McBee is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated robbery in an incident that occurred Sept. 13 near 150th Street and Turlington Avenue in Harvey, the state's attorney's office said.

The mother of a 15-year-old student at Thornton High said her son went to the football game that night where he encountered several teenagers. She said they took her son to a secluded area near campus, where they then robbed and raped him. The Times is not identifying the mother to protect the privacy of the student.

Officials with Thornton Township High School District 205 have said they found the 15-year-old wandering around the neighborhood and notified police when they realized he was hurt.

One other person, a 15-year-old male, also was arrested in the incident; his case is pending in Cook County’s juvenile court system.

The victim’s mother says there were two others involved in the incident, but Harvey police say they don’t have information that would justify further arrests.

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