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Man arrested for sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

The Chicago Tribune reports that a man who lives near Prairie Park in southwest-suburban Orland Park, Ill., allegedly kept a 14-year-old Chicago girl prisoner for a few days in a house in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood on the northwest side, during which time she was sexually assaulted by the man and probably a few others.

A view of houses in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood (North Monticello Avenue)

Tavares Moseley, 30, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for a victim between the ages of 13 and 17, and Judge Laura Marie Sullivan set bail at $500,000 during a hearing on Aug 22, adding that if he is released, he is not to have any contact with children.

If Mr Moseley is guilty of the crimes with which he has been charged, this story will illustrate the dreary, dead-end existence of young men in Chicago who have dropped out of life and wander the streets of the city looking for opportunities to take advantage of children who can’t properly defend themselves.

We call for help for the victim here: a 14-year-old girl who police say was bound to a chair in a room for no less than two days, blindfolded, fondled, gang raped and abused in other ways we won’t mention here, and terrorized. “If you tell anyone, I will kill you and your entire family,” the perpetrator of the abduction and assault said, according to a police report.

Do you feel the bond set for Mr Moseley was correct? Why or why not? The Tribune didn’t report the possible sentence that could be imposed if Mr Moseley is found guilty of these crimes, but other cases of aggravated sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, came with probationable incarceration of 3–7 years. I suppose the criminal has nothing better to do with that time.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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