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A former Illinois state representative has been charged with 12 felony counts after he allegedly posted nude photos of two different women without their consent. The man was said to have created fake social media accounts and used them to post the pictures, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Man’s Former Girlfriend Accused Him of Posting Photos

Back in August, the representative’s former girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos on a fake Instagram account. He initially attempted to refute the allegations, but because of the claims, he resigned from his position as a state representative. The 35-year-old turned himself in to authorities and was arrested on $30,000 bond. He posted the required 10 percent of his bond and was released from jail on the condition that he have no contact with the alleged victims and that he stay off social media. He is currently awaiting arraignment.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_243122509-1.jpgDue in large part to the publicity of high-profile cases, laws pertaining to the statute of limitations and handling of sexual assault and harassment claims are undergoing change or review. Officials maintain these efforts are necessary to protect victims. However, consideration is now being given to the way the registry of sexual offenders is maintained in Illinois.

Task Force Makes Recommendations

At the end of last year, a specially named task force published a report that proposed certain changes to the way Illinois handles sex offenders and the state’s registration list. The panel included public advocates, victims, members of law enforcement, defense attorneys and prosecutors.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-35.jpgIn Illinois, as is the case in all other 49 states, lawmakers have established statutes that set the age at which an individual may legally give consent to participate in sexual activity. Violation of the age of consent, by one or both partners, can result in serious sex crime charges that carry severe consequences.

Sexual Abuse Laws

In nearly all cases, the age of consent in Illinois is 17, which means engaging in sexual activity with a partner 16 or younger will result in a range of charges, from a misdemeanor to a felony, under the state’s sexual abuse laws.

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Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyerSex crimes, in general, are severely punished in the state of Illinois. However, those that pertain to children often receive the heaviest of consequences. This includes (but is not limited to) the possession, distribution, and production of child pornography. Of course, not all cases are as clear-cut as they seem. So, if you or someone you love is up against child pornography charges, learn the consequences, along with what you may be able to do to protect yourself from them.

What Constitutes Child Pornography?

The term child pornography is a broad one, covering all types of media that depict a child (anyone under the age of 18) or disabled person engaging in a sexual act or a simulated sexual activity, including any acts involving penetration, oral sex, masturbation, sexual touching or fondling, and/or urination or excretion of a sexual nature. Owning, distributing, purchasing, possessing, creating, sharing, or selling any such content is illegal in the state of Illinois. So is the act of coercing, soliciting, persuading, enticing, or forcing a child or severely intellectually disabled person to create any such content.  

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johns arrests, Cook County criminal defense attorney, Illinois Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, National Day of Johns Arrests, sex crimes, solicitation, prostitution, prostitution victim, pimps, prostitutesWhen law enforcement participates in a sting operation, it means they are intentionally working a deceptive operation designed to catch criminals. One of the most common types of sting operations are those that law enforcement set up in order to arrest people who are engaging in the crime of solicitation. Targets of these sting operations are usually the people who are seeking to purchase the services of a prostitute (referred to as ‘johns’) or the people who are involved in trafficking prostitutes (referred to as ‘pimps’).

Recently, Chicago Police, along with 28 other law enforcement agencies around the country, participated in the "National Day of Johns Arrests." The program resulted in the arrests of 500 johns and 14 pimps.

National Day of Johns Arrests was conceived in 2011 by Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart. In the first program, only eight law enforcement agencies were involved. However, that number has grown to 59 different agencies nationwide who have participated in one of the eight programs that have taken place since 2011. The total number of johns who have been arrested in the eight combined sweeps total 2,328.

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