Thursday, May 16, 2013
A Plainfield man convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old rambled on about his life, his case and other things before a Will County judge handed him a 5-year prison sentence.
Brian Peppers recalled watching the television show Cops with his grandfather, and how the old man warned him that if he didn't change his ways, he would end up like the shirtless man getting chased down and tackled by the law. "Boy, if you don't get your stuff together, that's going to be you," Peppers said his grandfather told him. "No, grandpa, that's not going to be me," Peppers remembered replying. Maybe Peppers got to keep his shirt on—and wasn't tackled—but he still got slapped with a five-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. Peppers, 25, of Plainfield got to talk about the times he watched Cops with his grandfather during a lengthy speech he gave before Will County Judge Sarah Jones handed down her sentence…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A Will County judge postponed making a ruling on whether to release the psychiatric records of the alleged victim in a sex abuse case to the defendant's attorney.
A ruling scheduled for Wednesday on whether to release the psychiatric records of a boy allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by a teen was pushed back a day. Will County Judge Sarah Jones postponed her decision when the attorney for the alleged sexual abuser could not make it to her courtroom for the Wednesday morning hearing. The attorney, Neil Patel, was at a sentencing in an unrelated case down the hall of the Will County Courthouse, said one of his associates, Joel Murphy. Patel is trying to get a hold of the alleged victim's psychiatric records to defend 19-year-old Jason Minger against charges of criminal sexual abuse. Minger, of Plainfield, was arrested in May 2012. He had allegedly abused a boy over the course of a year. The alleged…
Friday, April 26, 2013
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 …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A former Plainfield North gym teacher pleaded guilty to meeting a teen for sex. And that was just one of the things going on in court this week.
More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea. Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time. Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Former Plainfield North High School gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine apologized as she was sentenced to 11 days in jail and 10 years on the state's sex offender registry.
A tearful Ashley Blumenshine choked out an apology between sobs after pleading guilty to having sex with a teenage student from the high school where she was a teacher. "I will forever be humbled and remorseful for my actions," Blumenshine, a former Plainfield North gym teacher, said before she was handcuffed and led away to the Will County jail Friday morning to serve 11 days behind bars. The actual sentence was 30 days but it was halved by day-for-day credit. Blumenshine already served four of the remaining 15 days before she was released on bond. In addition to the time in jail, Blumenshine, 30, was put on sex offender probation for two years and will be placed on the Illinois sex offender registry for 10 years. Blumenshine faced much …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A single "issue" is holding up former Plainfield North gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine's plea deal, her lawyer said.
Former Plainfield North gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine planned to plead guilty to having sex with a teenage student but a single "issue" derailed the deal—at least for a couple weeks, her lawyer said. "It was our intention to plead today," attorney George Lenard told Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak during a brief hearing Monday morning. But "one issue" has gummed up the plea deal, Lenard said, "So we're going to need more time." After the hearing, Lenard said he could not specify what was holding up the plea. Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state's attorney's office, also declined to comment. Judge Bertani-Tomczak set an April 19 date for Blumenshine to return to court. Blumenshine, 29, was arrested in January 2011 after …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A New Lenox man spoke of his "horrific" ordeal in the county jail after he was arrested for a murder someone else was wanted for.
We started the week off by talking with the New Lenox man jailed for two weeks for a murder allegedly committed by someone else with the same name. Pedro Hernandez, 67, said his time in the Will County jail was "horrific," and that he's looking for a lawyer to talk to about filing a lawsuit. But Hernandez's ordeal was just one of the things going on last week. There was also: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The lawyer for a former Plainfield North physical education teacher says she is ready to plead guilty next month.
More than two years after she was allegedly caught in a parked car with a teenage boy she'd just had sex with, a former Plainfield North High School teacher will plead guilty, her attorney said Monday. Ashley Blumenshine, 29, was arrested in January 2011 after Plainfield police caught her in the parking lot of the Kohl's on Route 59 with a 16-year-old Plainfield North student. Both Blumenshine and the teen reportedly admitted to the police that they had just had sex and were involved in an ongoing sexual relationship. Blumenshine has been free on bond since the day after her arrest. On Monday morning, her attorney, George Lenard, told Will County Judge Edward Burmila that Blumenshine is ready to make a deal. Blumenshine will be back in …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Telephones and computers changed hands in court Friday and Margarita Hernandez's trial next week on sex charges was canceled.
An FBI agent returned the cell phone of a woman charged with setting up a sex romp with a teenage boy, and the woman immediately surrendered the phone to a Joliet police detective during a brief court hearing Friday morning. Also Friday, computers seized from the woman's home on Joliet's far west side were turned over by the police detective. The computers were taken by lawyers defending her against charges she had sex with a 15-year-old from Chicago. The attorneys representing Margarita Hernandez, Steve Landis and Dan Locallo, said they took the computers for safekeeping and that they would be tested by experts to see if Hernandez used them to communicate with the teen. Hernandez, 33, was arrested in October after allegedly orchestrating …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The teen assaulted a 12-year-old boy repeatedly over the course of a year, police said.
The lawyer for a teen charged with sexually abusing a boy for a year is looking for more information on the alleged victim. Attorney Neil Patel had already sent a subpoena to the Plainfield school district, but the district did not provide the information he wanted. Patel represents Jason Minger, a 19-year-old from unincorporated Plainfield who was arrested on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in May. The Joliet police took Minger into custody after investigating claims he had repeatedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy over the course of a year. In court Thursday, Patel said Minger's alleged victim "made an outcry of sexual abuse" while riding on a school bus. The bus driver went on to report …