Urbana teen gets juvenile prison for aggravated battery

Urbana teen gets juvenile prison for aggravated battery

URBANA — A 15-year-old Urbana boy who admitted he exposed himself to and touched a younger girl inappropriately has been sentenced to juvenile prison for an indeterminate time.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced the teen earlier this week for aggravated battery. He had pleaded guilty to that offense in juvenile court in February after initially being charged as an adult with two sex-related felonies.

The more serious charges were dismissed and the case was transferred to juvenile court.

The boy was arrested because of an Oct. 22 incident in which he was with two girls, ages 13 and 12, whom he knew. They left the Urbana Free Library together and, as they walked in the 400 block of East Green Street, he directed the girls to an outside stairwell, where the inappropriate conduct occurred.

The youth had a prior juvenile adjudication for aggravated battery for which Ladd had sentenced him to prison in February 2012, then vacated the commitment in June, putting him on probation.

The incident with the girls then happened in October.

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Local Yocal wrote on April 06, 2013 at 1:04 am
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Not that pervasive, intrusive internet porn or the failure of the high schools to teach basic courting skills has anything to do with the right-wing's obsession with "personal responsibility." Were the Neo-Fascists at the State's Attorney's office to be consistent, they would jail this prosecutor Bennett for his own over-eating addiction. 

Perhaps this rabid prosecutor gone rogue (has anyone tracked this man's prison sentencing during his short tenure as assistant state's attorney?) will stake out this year's high school prom checking for girls under 18 losing their virginity to the predator boys. That would lend plenty of job security for the prison-guard union. Ka-ching! That'll be $21,000-a-year, Taxpayers.

$21,000-a-year for what? A damaged 17-year old now unemployed on the sex offender list.