MARKHAM | A 16-year-old boy facing adult criminal charges for the abduction and sexual assault of a Thornton High School student was assigned Tuesday to a judge for his eventual trial.
J.W. McBee, of Harvey, appeared in court briefly Tuesday in Markham, where he entered a “not guilty” plea, then had his case assigned to Cook County Judge Michelle Simmons.
The judge scheduled a status hearing for Dec. 5 in McBee’s case.
McBee is one of two people facing charges for the Sept. 13 incident involving a 15-year-old male student at Thornton High School in Harvey. He is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful restraint.
The other person facing charges, a 15-year-old boy, has his case pending in the Cook County Juvenile Court system.
The mother of the boy who was attacked said her son was at the Thornton/Thornwood High School football game when four males grabbed him, took him to a secluded spot just off school property, then took turns beating and robbing him, with one also committing a sex act.
Police in Harvey said they only have evidence against two people in connection with the attack.