Plainfield 18-Year-Old Facing Charges of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Jason Minger appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit TV. Police say charges related to a possible second victim may be forthcoming.

A teen from unincorporated  appeared in court Tuesday on sex abuse charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor younger than 13.

Jason T. Minger, 18, of the 23000 block of West Lynn Street, is accused of sexually assaulting a Joliet child on multiple occasions over the last year, according to Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton, head of the department's investigations division.

Benton said the child's parents contacted police May 12. Police said Minger had befriended the child's family before the alleged sexual abuse. In the interest of protecting the victim's identity, police declined to provide the child's age or sex.

"Basically, the juvenile told the parents what had been occuring finally," Benton said.

The Will County Children's Advocacy Center was called in to conduct a victim-sensitive interview with the child, police said. After the interview, Benton said police contacted Minger and he voluntarily agreed to come in to speak with investigators Saturday.

"He admitted to the sexual assault of not only this victim, but one other victim," Benton said. Investigators are working to corroborate those statements, Benton added, saying charges related to a second potential victim may be forthcoming.

Minger is being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Minger, who appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit television, is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, a class X felony punishable by a mandatory six- to 30-year prison sentence if convicted. He is also charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim younger than 13, a class 2 felony which, upon conviction, mandates a sentence of three to seven years.

Minger is scheduled to return to Will County Courthouse for arraignment and preliminary hearing June 19.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. Persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Shannon Antinori (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I'm not trying to stifle discussion, but I removed a post containing the name of a minor child. Let's try to keep the conversation on topic as it relates to this story, please.
Family June 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
This man is not innocent!!! It's my family member he did this to and it took a lot of courage for the victim to finally say something. Because of this another innocent victim will be saved from this torture. I really hope the justice system is able to get this man the help he needs. From reading previous posts, it sounds like this man's entire family needs help. Although I am angry at what happened, I can't help but feel sorry for this man. I have no doubt that he must have been a victim as a child and he never had the courage to tell someone and so the cycle continued. Thank God my family member had the courage to tell someone!!!
Johnny Bananas June 02, 2012 at 03:21 AM
@Kryazn: you need to get your facts right and read, how can you justify such a crime by saying everyone is lying. He clearly confessed to the police and yet you still think this is a lie. yeah get your head out of your ass because no way is that right for a young child to be put through that kind of trauma. and tell your best friend she needs to get a new boyfriend cause clearly he's not into her.
Johnny Bananas June 02, 2012 at 03:33 AM
@Cheryl: everyone has the right to be involved with this story if it involves the safety of children in our community. as well as everyone has the right to have an opinion on this topic. that kid admitted to what he did, and yes the judicial system should and will do what is necessary to fix this and hopefully put that kid away, and although he will be labeled a sex offender the rest of his life, well then maybe he should of thought about his actions before he did such a crime.
Johnny Bananas June 02, 2012 at 03:36 AM
cause of this "good guy" a child will be scared for the rest of his life. there is no way to justify what he did. he may of been a "good guy" to you, but clearly not to a young child that should of not been put in that kind of situation.
Anthony June 02, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Lmao @ all you people on here tryin to stick up for this kid. Sayin he did nothing wrong and he's innocent?? Yeah.. That's why he admitted to raping 2 people. He will forever be a pedifile and a rapist. Nothing less. He gets what he deserves. To rott in prison.
Moe June 02, 2012 at 04:56 AM
To those of you trying to defend this A-hole! Key words: younger than 13, multiple occasions! enough said!
Baba O'Riley June 02, 2012 at 12:38 PM
He forfeitted his rights as a human being when he committed the heinous acts. Get a rope!
Alex Stone June 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Here is my post again. I am assuming mine was related to the name of that minor child, but find it interesting as all their names are known and mentioned in several posts/articles. I think you are trying to stifle what the community knows, although not maliciously or intentionally. But hey, I will try again. @Kelli: I do hope *** both gets removed and therapy. I am sorry for what happened to you. This Cheryl person is insanely naive. In addition, I know Chris has in fact rapped other girls. I also know that they have not spoken up or only had restraining orders placed against him. Sadly, until they are BOTH jailed and caught this will be allowed to continue. The insinuation that the parents may have raped them is sick and while I do not know that to be true, I hope it is investigated. I hope the PPD will do thorough research on what these two "men" did to their classmates. This is serious and many have suffered. Time for dozens of sensitive interviews.
Alex Stone June 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
These comments do relate even though they are about both brothers...someone needs to start uncovering the truth. I don't want to interfere with anything, but I know victims that have never come forward and it will continue to happen unless something is done. SAVEOURKIDS.
Zaney June 02, 2012 at 06:10 PM
@Alex....they live in unincorporated Plainfield so it won't be the PPD, it will be the Will County Sheriff's Deprtment but you make excellent points!! I also hope DCFS is involved. The other person you are refering to in your article and her comments make me sick. What makes me even sicker is someone told me she used to be a school bus driver....scarey.
Lari June 03, 2012 at 02:35 AM
@t-bone i was 14 in the time i anit too old... he was 16!!! & i was the one who broke up with him
T-Bone June 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Well Lari I was half right! You were over 13 yrs old and he obviously likes younger! Glad you got away when you could!
Liz June 06, 2012 at 06:57 AM
LOL. All of you are dumb that are trying to come at me. As long as the 'victim' is under 18 and the 'molester' is 18 or over its gonna be considered molestation. Nothing is fully proven yet, so until then stop being so ignorant. I consider all of you dumb and guliable then for not knowing your facts and believe what the MEDIA tells you.. Weak.
felix June 07, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Fat Science, I know the two innocent children! I think this is a great open discussion. Everyone please note, If he was molested(The Accused) . You grow up being molested you just might molest someone. Product of your Environment. I pray that my friends Boys become great Men...
felix June 07, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I know the Two boys! I hope and pray These boys get some peace, no kid should have to worry about a friend of the family or Stranger Molesting them! All things done In the Dark come to Light. Open discussion is good! Now just think if this was your child..
Bad Karma June 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
he needs to accept the consequences of his actions. He knew what he was doing and didnt do anything to stop it, he made his decisions and this is where they got him.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 06:59 AM
@ Kryazn-I know 4 a FACT that he has sweety and none of my warnings to his mom, dad, aunt, uncle and his brothers helped. I understand how he WAS but he has always done these things.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:23 AM
I agree he needs help but this isn't made up. And I do feel for both sides....but children at the age of 4 don't lie! And if u know them then u know they are 2 for 3 now in pedifile children. Jason(2 or more) and chris(1 plus video and pics!!!)...80% of pedifiles are victims of malestation by a parent or in house member for years. (sry for my spelling)
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:28 AM
I did defend him at first then looked at the facts and knowing him, the child and story's by both sides(victim and the acused). He did do it. No conclusions he did I gave him several chances and his brother the same I love them but they need mental help and the parents arena at all helping...just denying!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:39 AM
I agree it dose change people, I believe the family WILL make a big deal IF he is not guilty (which he is guilty at lease to 1)
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Kai- agree to he has a good heart but disagree he is a bad man. Chris and Jason never think b4 they volinteer info that looks bad on them!!!!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Cheryl--- this is how little u know them.......(!) chris molested my sister! And he prepped her and I was pregnant with his son!!!! She was only 9! They (only the family) should be acused/questioned for there ignorance of the warning signs and verbal warnings as well!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Erica- I agree about the schools. But I believe they can only live 100yards away...zaney- I did to ALOT OF PEOPLE and police I'm a mandated reporter!!!!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Not end his life but the mistake he made will make it much harder to find a job. Harder then a murder!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:04 AM
I do understand but 13 and 18 is way to far apart!!! I could understand mutual agreed between 16 and 18.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Yes they were notified a very long time ago. And again when I found this out!!!!! How ever It might of been to late. Acts were being done to stuffed animaly and the parents were aware too. She was the one who sowed them back up!
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Alex- chris served 6or less mths in military prison. For over 200pix/video but was never charged with my sis due to lack of evidence(once again a child dosent lie about this stuff) she was in tears historical worried my son would grow up w/o a father because she told someone, that she knew what it was like not to have one and she didn't want that 4 my son.....(tear) zaney- if UR talking bout me I have never been a bus driver.
kelli June 12, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Bad karma- the weird thing I'd they told me they knew it was wrong but thout it ok because someone did to them. Idk this is a messed up world...may god save us
Tracie Freeman June 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Well said Cheryl. I had Jason as a student in midle school. He was a very kind,nice and respectful student.


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