Champaign man gets jail time for exposing himself at restaurant

Champaign man gets jail time for exposing himself at restaurant

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he exposed himself at a fast-food restaurant where two young girls were sitting last spring has been sentenced to 312 days in jail.

Johnnie Gillon, 42, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Bethume Court, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Heidi Ladd to a single count of misdemeanor public indecency, admitting he exposed his genitals in a fast-food restaurant in the 1800 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, on April 4.

In exchange, felony charges of indecent solicitation of a child were dismissed.

At the time of his arrest, police said two girls, ages 12 and 16, were seated in the restaurant when a seemingly intoxicated Gillon approached and asked them to perform sex acts with him. When they declined his repeated propositions, he exposed himself.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan, who was covering the plea for Matt Banach, said Banach recently learned that the 16-year-old said she had not been directly solicited by Gillon but was repeating to police what Gillon allegedly said to the younger girl.

And Sullivan said the younger girl had recently moved to Georgia and was not interested in returning to participate in a trial.

Sullivan said Gillon had several prior convictions for battery, aggravated battery, theft, criminal damage to property and possession of a controlled substance.

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jparks wrote on February 09, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Beautiful.  Our judicial system is falling so fast it is pathetic.

Chambanacitizen wrote on February 09, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Give the article a quick read. You'll see that this is the result of the victim not wanting to come to court.
But continue on with your agenda...

jparks wrote on February 09, 2018 at 10:02 pm

If he was innocent, why did he plead guilty?  It isn't his money defending himself, it is ours.  What does he have to lose?  Lost work due to court dates?  Probably not.

"not wanting to come to court"?  Maybe her family would have to pay themselves to travel back to Illinois and they already have an understanding of how justice works in Champaign County.  Imagine that.  Paying your own way.  Let it sink in.

Answer one at a time.  Why would he possibly plead guilty?

camirome wrote on February 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

If you had either common sense or basic math skills you might have been able to tell this was a time served plea so that he could get out of jail... To answer your question as to why he would be plead guilty rather than keep waiting to have his trial.  

Common Sense wrote on February 10, 2018 at 10:02 am

Try re-reading it yourself, especially the last part. It lists all the prior convictions he had, but does not mention if he was actually put away for any of those things. If he had been, maybe he would have never been at this restaurant in the first place.