Thursday, May 9, 2013
The assistant attorney general prosecuting Fernando Gonzalez called the convicted sex offender a "threat."
A Cook County judge denied a convicted sex offender's bid to get his $1 million bond reduced in a new sex case. The lawyer for 35-year-old Fernando Gonzalez pointed out that his client has worked for Amway since 2004 and that he is married with three children. Assistant Attorney General Dan Nikolic countered that Gonzalez is already a registered sex offender for a 2001 offense, has also been convicted of armed robbery, and that the police found photos on his cell phone of the two Burbank girls he was charged with molesting. "We didn't want anything less than $1 million," Nikolic said of the Cicero man after the Thursday morning hearing before Judge Colleen Hyland at the Bridgeview courthouse. "He's a threat," Nikolic said. Nikolic said he …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Former colleagues, scouts and youth baseball league players recount the missed cues of the Boy Scouts' most prolific serial pedophile.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Five-month investigation led to arrest of Cicero man for alleged sexual assault on Burbank girls.
Bail has been set at $1 million for a convicted sex offender accused of sexually abusing two 13-year-old Burbank girls. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood After a five-month investigation, Burbank Police arrested Fernando Gonzalez, 35, of Cicero, on allegations of sexual abuse that occurred August 7, 2012 near Owens Park in the 5100 block of 78th Street in Burbank. Gonzalez allegedly lured the girls one by one into his SUV. Upon taking each girl’s photo, he began making physical contact inside the SUV, police said. The girls were able to provide police officers with limited information, according to the Burbank Police Department’s web site. Investigators continued working leads over the past several …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The former Burbank resident is also suing the Boy Scouts of America.
An unidentified man is suing the Boy Scouts of America and a sex offender former scoutmaster for allegedly abusing him for two years in the 1980s. "This is a travesty," Chicago attorney Christopher Hurley said of the abuse allegedly suffered by his client at the hands of convicted sex offender and former scoutmaster Thomas Hacker. "The Boy Scouts have known they've had a problem in their organization for decades," Hurley said. Hacker, 76, has been declared a sexually dangerous person and is serving an indefinite sentence in Big Muddy River Correctional Center. He has sex crime convictions out of Cook, Kendall and Kankakee counties. Hacker's name was found among the 1,200 or so secret "perversion" files compiled by the Boy Scouts. The files…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Oak Lawn police reports, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Car part thieves swiped catalytic converters from two cars on Cicero. The owner of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee discovered that someone removed the catalytic converter around 3:22 p.m. on Nov. 3. A second theft was discovered at 10:40 a.m. the next day on the 9700 block of South Cicero Ave. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 After repeated attempts to verify the address of Leron T. Hampton, 37, an Illinois registered sex offender, police reported his whereabouts as “unknown.” Police visited Hampton’s last known address on the 9700 block of South Pulaski Road on several occasions, reports said. On one of those visits, police hung a large blue door hanger on his front door, instructing Hampton to call police. Police said that Hampton did not …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Oak Lawn police reports, Oct. 18 through Oct. 21
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Oak Lawn police went to verify the address of registered sex offender Randy Whitehead, 43, in the 9100 block of South Kedvale Ave., only to discover that he no longer lived there. Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. While knocking on the door around 4:30 p.m., a car drove up and pulled into the garage. A man got out who refused to identify himself to police, reports said. At first the man said he didn’t know Whitehead’s whereabouts; then he told police that he “comes and goes.” Police said the man went into the house and shut the door. About thirty minutes later, police said that Whitehead came to the Oak Lawn police station to report that he had moved to the 8300 block of South Maryland …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
There's nothing neighborly about a guy with a dangerous past. But would the presence of a convicted child molester (or worse) make you think about selling your house?
When a registered child sex offender moved onto our street, neighbors gathered together to discuss everything they knew. Bus stops became places where parents would linger long after the bus had picked up their children to discuss everything from the color of his car (red) to why he would put a swing in his back yard. Should they sell their homes and move to a "safer" neighborhood? Would he hand out Halloween candy? (By law he could not display Halloween decorations or offer candy and so far he's followed these rules.) He has children, a wife, a nice house and a neighborhood of people who grow quiet when his car passes. The idea of this man — who, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, had molested a 13 year-old child (he was 33 …