The media has recently focused a great deal of attention on the issue of sexual assault in the military. Not only has the number of sexual assault cases affecting men and women in uniform spiked sharply over the last year, Congress is currently sparring over how to address this issue. It is unquestionably important to prevent sexual assault and to properly hold individuals accountable for assaulting others. However, the high-profile nature of the military sexual assault debate in the media and in Congress seems to have transitioned recently into efforts aimed at cracking down on sex crimes generally.
An Illinois man reportedly placed online advertisements on Craigslist for sex. Women who showed up at his home say that he raped them. Ultimately, he was arrested and charged in connection with one woman's rape. After being convicted of one sex crime, the man then pleaded guilty to another rape in order to avoid prosecution with respect to numerous other cases.
Two men are currently under suspicion of creating and distributing child pornography throughout the state, according to local law enforcement. The men, both Illinois residents, are each facing a child pornography charge, perhaps one of the most potentially damning criminal charges on the books. Such charges must be handled delicately, because the stigma associated with them can ruin even an innocent individual's reputation.
An Illinois teacher is facing criminal charges after being accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. The woman has been arrested and charged with a single count of enticing a minor. She came under investigation for a sex crime after school officials were told by another student about the alleged relationship.
An Illinois man is facing criminal charges after being accused of making child pornography. The 31-year-old man has been arraigned on a single sex crime charge and is being held without bond until a trial date is set. He has been charged with production of child pornography from incidents said to have occurred in 2010 and 2011.
A sex crime accusation can bring the rancor and outrage of a community and could potentially prevent someone from receiving a fair trial. Recently, an Illinois sheriff's sergeant wound up in legal trouble after accusations of his participation in child pornography. However, this is not the first time the man has been arrested and accused of a sex crime. The first arrest came in February.
There has been another incident of unauthorized video recording at another tanning salon in the local area. A potential sex crime occurred after a man allegedly videotaped a woman tanning at Hollywood Tan in Granite City. The complaint states the man was tanning in a room next to the accused when the potential sex crime occurred.
A man is being held at the Madison County Jail facing sex offense charges. The man is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a minor female. The evidence is currently being reviewed by the Madison County State Attorney. Whether or not he will be charged with a sex crime is yet to be determined.
An Illinois man is facing a sex crime charge after being accused of raping a woman in Glen Carbon Village. The 40-year-old man is facing several charges in connection with this purported crime, including criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and a felony count of domestic battery. If convicted on the sex crime charges, he is likely to spend years behind bars.