The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 21 that prohibiting convicted sex offenders from accessing social media websites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn violated the First Amendment right to free speech. The six participating justices voted unanimously to overturn the state law ban. Chief Justice Anne Burke did not take part in the proceedings. The justices heard arguments in a case involving a man who was sentenced to four years of probation in McLean County for the sexual abuse of a minor. The man committed his crime when he was a teenager and did not use the internet to contact his victim.
The parents of an Illinois man who is serving multiple life sentences for a week-long killing spree in 2008 have been charged in connection with the alleged predatory sexual assault of a child. Police have released only scant details of the investigation because a minor is involved. The couple, who are both 62 years of age, were taken into custody on Nov. 14 when the Rock Falls Police Department executed warrants that had been issued in Whiteside County.
Several years ago, Illinois eliminated the statutes of limitations on child sex abuse crimes. This had a lasting impact on the way sex abuse crimes are handled in the state. What does this mean for you if you are currently facing allegations related to these crimes?
If you drive about three hours west of Naperville, you will arrive in Aledo, a sleepy rural town in western Illinois. A teacher there was recently arrested by law enforcement officials and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
It is usually a serious situation when Illinois residents find themselves facing sexual offense charges, especially if one of the charges is statutory rape. It is important for people to understand what statutory rape is and what Illinois law says about this offense.