Prosecutor: 'There are other victims that have come forward'


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DANVILLE — A former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program and artistic director with the Beef House Dinner Theatre has been ordered not to have any contact with minors.

Under a new bond stipulation granted Tuesday, David J. Woodrow is prohibited from contact with anyone under age 18 "except contact that is incidental to the performance of his duties" as manager of the Beef House restaurant, according to the Vermilion County state's attorney office's First Assistant Stephanie Weber.

Weber said any contact with minors that takes place in relation to Woodrow's job must occur on the grounds of the Covington, Ind., restaurant during business hours and be supervised.

Woodrow, 41, of Danville was charged on Wednesday with six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy on several occasions in 2011 and 2012.

Prosecutors said Woodrow met the victim when he was 10 through their involvement with Danville Light Opera and befriended the boy and his parents. They said when the victim was 15, Woodrow, who had permission to take him out of boarding school, took him on several trips, where he abused him.

Woodrow was released from jail after posting $10,000, which represents 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

At his arraignment last week, Associate Judge Karen Wall ordered other conditions of his bond, including that he have no contact with the victim and that he surrender his passport. He is allowed to leave Illinois to work and attend family functions in Covington.

Wall did not grant State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy's request that Woodrow have no contact with minors, prompting Lacy to later file a motion to reconsider.

Prior to Tuesday's hearing, Weber said she and Woodrow's attorney, Dave Ryan, worked out an agreement that would allow the new stipulation while also allowing Woodrow to keep his restaurant job. Associate Judge Derek Girton approved it.

Last week, Woodrow voluntarily stepped down as artistic director of "Newsies," which had been in the middle of a run at the Beef House.

Danville school officials have said the North Ridge Middle School Music Boosters contracted with Woodrow to do choreography, but that contract has since ended. They also said he is no longer a volunteer.

His next court appearance is set for Aug. 3.


Noelle McGee is a Danville-based reporter at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@n_mcgee).

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