Joliet man convicted of sexually abusing two little girls

August 17

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that a 70-year-old man was convicted of sexually abusing two little girls for whom he was baby-sitting.

Glenn Lawlor, of Joliet, faces up to 37 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 28 by Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes.

At the conclusion of a bench trial on Monday, Judge Policandriotes found Lawlor guilty of one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Lawlor abused the children on multiple occasions between February 2006 and March 2008 while he watched them for their mother. The children were ages 6 and 8 when the abuse began.

Both victims testified during the bench trial. The defendant also testified, telling the judge the children overpowered his ability to control himself.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Matt Guzman and Adam McAuley also presented at trial physical evidence from a doctor who examined one of the girls and determined she had been sexually abused.

“The testimony from these two courageous little girls has enabled us to take this vile predator off of our streets,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Glenn Lawlor justly will spend many, if not all, of the remaining years of his life behind prison bars.”