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Lawyer For Teen Charged With Sex Abuse of Boy Wants Psych Records

A Will County judge will decide whether the lawyer for a Plainfield teen can pursue the psychiatric records of the boy he is charged with sexually abusing.

The lawyer for a Plainfield teen charged with sexually abusing a child is trying to get a hold of the boy's psychiatric records.

"I'm not making this request to embarrass or be insensitive to the alleged victim in this case in any way, shape or form," said Neil Patel, the attorney for 19-year-old Jason Minger.

Rather, Patel said during a Friday morning court hearing, "The state has indicated that the victim will testify," and the information may prove useful when questioning the boy while he is on the witness stand.

According to Patel and to court papers he filed, the boy was undergoing counseling when he told his mother Minger sexually abused him, but he had never mentioned it to the counselor.

After informing his mother, the boy also told a forensic interviewer from the Will County Child Advocacy Center that Minger victimized him. But the boy was asked leading questions by the interviewer, according to Patel's filing, and he repeatedly denied suffering one form of abuse he later claimed he was subjected to.

Patel also said the boy was twice admitted to an in-patient facility, once for a week and once for two weeks.

"I'm sure the in-patient treatment was related to mental health issues," Patel said.

The boy allegedly abused by Minger was 12 when he gave the victim-sensitive interview in May. The alleged abuse may have been committed nearly two years earlier, according to court papers.

Minger was arrested by Joliet police on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse soon after the victim-sensitive interview was conducted. He had allegedly abused the boy over the course of a year.

Minger has been locked up at the county jail since his arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Patel said he wants to subpoena the allegedly abused boy's mother to find out where her son was treated. From there he intends to pursue records from the facilities and personnel who treated the boy.

Patel needs Will County Judge Sarah Jones to allow him to follow that course, but he considered it preferable to seeking the records in a different way.

"I did not want an investigator to show up at the house or ask questions that could be seen as harassing," Patel explained.

Judge Jones said she would review Patel's request and render a decision next month.

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Nicole April 27, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I think this guy innocent
DRocket April 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Is that mug shot a picture of the lawyer?
Saby April 27, 2013 at 01:14 PM
This article is very confusing among others...
Deborah Moore April 27, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. If the victim is lying then it needs to be adressed. If the accused is guilty then he should be punished. I think the records. Should be released just like school documentation, and any other items.. being a. Mother of 3 kids, I would want every avenue open to find the truth.
Sam Spade April 27, 2013 at 03:04 PM
This is why they write for the Patch and not the Chicago Tribune.
Able2survive April 27, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Tough story to read you want justice for the abused but If the accused is innocent, you can not get back the time and mental/physical abuse he is receiving in jail, I guess we have to wait and see what happens, but knowing will county it's going to be awhile
Gwen April 27, 2013 at 09:26 PM
The Patch is an unreliable reporting entity that gives false information and attempts to convict people before being proven guilty. They need to stop. What federal entity has oversight?
Jax April 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Unreal sound like a kid who is lying about abuse cause to me it seems he don't get enough attention or he is sick in the head..IF this guy is innocent I hope the family would have enough courage to apologize and if he is innocent I hope Glasgow is ready to open up the counties wallet again...Let's remember what the will county states attorney did with Riley Fox case..
Kevin S May 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
That would be the United States Supreme Court, Gwen. Perhaps you have heard of the Constitution? Or, more specifically, the first amendment thereof? If not, allow me to provide it's content: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Does that clear anything up for you?

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