Teen accused in sexual assault of Thornton High student charged as adult

2013-09-20T18:21:00Z 2013-09-20T23:58:13Z Teen accused in sexual assault of Thornton High student charged as adultGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 20, 2013 6:21 pm  • 

HARVEY | The Cook County state’s attorney’s office decided Friday to charge as an adult one of two teenage boys accused in the alleged robbery and sexual assault of a 15-year-old male student at Thornton High School.

The teen, whom Harvey police would identify only as a 16-year-old boy, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, said police spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado.

She said Harvey Police Department officials were informed Friday afternoon by the state’s attorney’s office of the decision to file adult charges against the boy. Harvey police had sought to treat both him and a 15-year-old in the county’s Juvenile Court system.

The 16-year-old’s initial appearance in court for a bond hearing will be Saturday at the Criminal Courts Building, 2650 S. California Ave., in Chicago. Further court proceedings will be at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham.

The 16-year-old and the 15-year-old, whose case was initially heard in the Juvenile Court system Thursday, are accused in the Sept. 13 incident at 150th Street and Turlington Avenue near the Thornton High School campus.

The mother of the Thornton High student said he was attending the Wildcats football game last week against Thornwood High School and was forced to a secluded area by four males who then robbed and sexually assaulted him.

But Alvarado said police regarded the two teenage boys now in the Juvenile Court system as the extent of this case, although she said, “If we learn more information, that can change and there can be more arrests.”

Alvarado also was concerned about statements the mother had made to The Times that police were not adequately dealing with the incident against her son.

Alvarado said that from the time police officers trained in dealing with juvenile cases began investigating the case, it took three days for suspects to be found.

“The detective who was assigned this case made it his No. 1 priority,” Alvarado said. “Any time there is violence against a young person, we take it very seriously.”

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