State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Graduation of 12 Drug Court Participants

October 6, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 12 individuals from Will County’s Drug Court graduated in a socially distanced ceremony held October 1 during which family members watched via Zoom. Glasgow commended the graduates for continuing their commitment to the program throughout the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“As the pandemic has continued, our Drug Court participants have persevered with dedication on their paths to a better future. These most recent graduates are a testament to how our Drug Court program serves as a crucial hand up to individuals seeking better lives,” Glasgow said. “This has been a challenging time for all of us. For these individuals to have maintained their efforts throughout the pandemic speaks volumes about their commitment to making a better life and becoming productive members of society. The Will County Problem Solving Courts are changing lives and keeping individuals out of the prison system on a daily basis.”

Circuit Judge Sarah Jones presided over the graduation ceremony. The graduates hail from Joliet, New Lenox, Monee, Shorewood, Essex, Lockport, Plainfield, and Bolingbrook.

Glasgow played an integral role in creating each of Will County’s four Problem Solving Courts. He spearheaded the creation of the Drug Court – Will County’s first Problem Solving Court – when he wrote and administered the grant that funded its formation. Along with Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney, Glasgow established the Mental Health Court in 2010. He also petitioned for the formation of the Will County Veterans Court, and wrote and obtained the grant for the Adult Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from prison and into gainful employment.

State’s Attorney Glasgow also established three residential facilities to further help Problem Solving Court participants on the path to reentry. The Miller Taylor House and Julie Ann House provide temporary housing, and the Connor Kelly Residence which opened in 2019 provides longer-term transitional housing.

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Samuel Quintero Sentenced by Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak to 15 Years for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

August 6, 2020

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Samuel Quintero, 35, of Joliet was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak on two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X felony, and five counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 felony. The sentence also includes lifetime sex offender registration.

Quintero’s conduct was reported in 2016 when the victim was 14. As a high school freshman, the girl began crying at school and told a friend about the abuse. The girl was seen by a counselor, and informed the counselor of the abuse. In the Victim Sensitive Interview conducted by the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team, the victim stated that the abuse spanned a number of years and began when she was approximately six years old. The abuse generally occurred when she spent weekends visiting her father, who was separated from the mother, in his Joliet home.

“A parent has an absolute duty to provide a child with unconditional love, and the breach of this most sacred obligation in the human condition is unforgiveable. This girl has been damaged and the abuse will continue to impact her throughout her entire life,” Glasgow said. “This vile predator heartlessly took advantage of his own daughter’s innocence for his demented gratification, terrorizing her for years. This evil and depraved abuser has received a prison sentence here on earth, and will serve an even greater sentence when he meets his maker. This young woman is to be commended for her courage in coming forward and standing up to the pedophile who continually abused her throughout her childhood.”

Quintero’s sentencing followed a bench trial that concluded on June 12, 2020. He will receive 1,323 days of credit for time served. Quintero had been eligible for a sentence of 15 to 127 years in prison.

In her victim impact statement to the Court, the daughter said:

“You were supposed to be the one to protect me from this, from men like you. That’s what messed my head all up. It was so confusing; do you love me or do you love my body? How could you love me, but still treat me like that? You made me feel like maybe I just wasn’t a good person, maybe this was something I deserved. You made me feel like I was unlovable. To this day I feel like, how could anyone love me if you couldn’t love me for anything more than my body. How do I deserve anything more from anyone else? Why wasn’t I enough? Why wasn’t I enough for you to stop? These are questions that I’ll have to carry with me for the rest of my life. You weren’t just some stranger, you were my father and I expected better.”

In 1995, Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to offer a comprehensive approach to providing hope, healing, and justice for abused youngsters such as the victim in this case.

“Our family and trauma counselors are the best in the State, and will continue working tirelessly to help this young lady lead a productive and fulfilling life in the face of this penultimate breach of trust,” Glasgow said.

The CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team engages in a collaborative approach to taking the child’s statement, which protects the integrity of the information gathered and allows prosecutors and investigators to thoroughly assess possible criminal offenses that may have been committed. Further, advocates help the children and non-offending family members navigate the process, and trauma-focused therapists provide counseling to address the impact of the abuse.

Glasgow thanked the Multi-Disciplinary Team that handled the case, commending Assistant State’s Attorneys Jeff Brown and Ashley Kwasneski, Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz, Will County CAC Forensic Interviewer Jackie Lundquist, Will County CAC Trauma Therapists Cruz Ramirez Arzuaga and Denise Arroyo, State’s Attorney’s Office Assistant Katrice Sawyer, and Joliet Police Department Detective Shawn Filipiak for their dedication, perseverance, and outstanding work.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Arties Titus Sentenced to 24 Years for 2016 Home Invasion

August 5, 2020

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Arties Titus, 53, of Joliet was sentenced to 24 years in prison by Circuit Judge David Carlson on two counts of Home Invasion, a Class X felony, for entering his former girlfriend’s home through a window in 2016 while yielding a knife and slashing the woman and her boyfriend.

Titus had entered the victim’s home by cutting a screen in the front of her residence. Knowing she was in the basement, he went to the downstairs bedroom holding two kitchen knives and told the woman and her boyfriend victim they “were going to die.” He then began slashing at the couple and a struggle ensued during which both victims were slashed and the boyfriend was bitten. The boyfriend eventually wrestled the knives away from Titus, who then fled the scene. He was arrested shortly after, and while being placed in handcuffs yelled out to the victims, “just remember, when I get out, I’m killing you both.”

At the time of the arrest, Titus had been out of prison for less than three months after serving time for another domestic violence attack involving a separate victim.

“Titus displayed the epitome of rank cowardice, using unbridled violence to prey upon and control his unarmed victims,” Glasgow said. “Everyone has the absolute right to feel safe in their own home. This malevolent predator viciously and without provocation violated the sanctity of a woman’s home, initially taunting his victims that they were going to die, ruthlessly slashing them, stopping only when he was disarmed, and then reprising his threat to kill even when he was in custody. His deplorable actions are clear evidence of a malignant heart that justifies the sentence he so richly deserves.”

The 24-year sentence followed a bench trial that concluded on October 10, 2019. Titus will receive 1,466 days of credit for time served.

Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys John Rickmon and Tom Slazyk, as well as Victim Witness Services Director Nichole Pasteris, for their dedication and hard work throughout the course of the case.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Convicted Felon Devon Herron Sentenced to 38 Years for Attempted Murder of Senior Citizen in 2016

July 24, 2020

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Devon Herron, 24, of Joliet was sentenced to 38 years in prison by Circuit Judge David Carlson for the brutal stabbing on July 25, 2016, of a then 65-year-old man near the Metra train station at East Jefferson and Richards Streets in Joliet. Herron previously served prison time for aggravated battery in a separate occurrence that also took place on July 25, 2016, the same date as the attempted murder for which he was convicted in this case. Herron also previously had been convicted of residential burglary, a forcible felony, in Cook County.

Immediately before the July 2016 stabbing at issue here, Herron had approached the victim, asking “you’re not from around here, are you?” He then stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck, shoulder, stomach, shoulder, back, chest and forearm. Later, Herron told others he believed he fatally stabbed the man in the neck with a knife.  Following a bench trial, Herron was found guilty on January 16, 2020, on two counts of attempted murder, a Class X felony, and four counts of aggravated battery, a Class 1 felony. Because the victim was over the age of 60 at the time of the attack, the potential maximum sentence was doubled from 30 to 60 years. Herron will receive approximately three years’ credit (1096 days) for time served.

“This was a brutal, savage, and unprovoked attack on a defenseless senior citizen who was simply walking to his brother’s house,” Glasgow said. “This compassionless assailant showed no mercy in repeatedly stabbing this 65-year-old man for his own twisted gratification and leaving him for dead. Prison will now entomb this demonic predator for at least the next three plus decades.”

Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Tom Slazyk and Tom Bahar, Victim Witness Services Director Nichole Pasteris, and Donna White and Albert Bailey for their expertise, hard work, and dedication throughout the course of the prosecution.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Will County Children’s Advocacy Center To Receive Three Grants Totaling $604,000

July 7, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been selected to receive three grants for programs to help children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.

The largest grant, totaling $504,000, is a Victim of Crime Assistance (VOCA) Continuation Grant administered through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Illinois to provide critical forensic interviews, victim advocacy, and trauma-focused therapy services to child victims of abuse, and their non-offending caregivers. The additional two grants, awarded by the National Children’s Alliance through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Justice, will provide $75,000 to expand resources for the victims of child pornography and child sex exploitation, and $25,000 to expand mental health services.

“These significant grants will enable the CAC to continue its mission of providing hope, healing and justice for young victims of sexual abuse and assault,” Glasgow said. “We rely upon grants like this to help us continue evolving with creative programs and offerings to meet the needs of our communities as we help victims on their paths to reclaiming their lives.”

Under the VOCA program, monies paid as penalties by those convicted of federal crimes goes into an account called the Crime Victims Fund. Congress passes this money to the states, which allocate the money to Children’s Advocacy Centers and other organizations that serve crime victims.  

“Since I founded the CAC in 1995, we have helped more than 9,500 children through the services we offer, and the numbers continue to grow,” Glasgow said. “Throughout its 25-year history, the CAC has continued to expand upon the services it has provided to serve the needs of vulnerable, innocent children who have suffered at the hands of soulless predators, whether those predators abuse children in the home or profit from children through vicious commercial human trafficking,” Glasgow said. 

The National Children’s Alliance, which awarded the two remaining grants, is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers. The $75,000 grant will help the CAC in its efforts to combat child pornography and child sex exploitation.

“The CAC’s commitment to ‘Cherish All Children’ extends to doing all we can to address the scourge of child trafficking, sexual exploitation and pornography. That’s why I established the Child Sexual Exploitation Coalition to develop a countywide response to child sexual exploitation,” Glasgow said.  “Child victims of trafficking are recruited, transported, transferred, or harbored for the express purpose of exploitation. Traffickers often exploit children’s vulnerabilities. They brutally take away these children’s innocence for their own commercial profit.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that the CAC has received the National Children’s Alliance grant to address child sexual exploitation and pornography. The grant also will help expand law enforcement’s accessibility to the Children’s Advocacy Center and its services, develop a public service campaign to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation, and fund a specially trained child sexual exploitation and advocacy coordinator to handle these types of cases.

Finally, the $25,000 mental health services grant will help expand the CAC’s trauma-focused mental health services to the eastern areas of Will County. This will help eliminate distance, wait time and financial barriers for families who receive mental health services. 

“The award of these highly competitive grants demonstrates the exceptional services provided by the Will County CAC,” Glasgow said. 

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces 22-Year Prison Sentence in Predatory Criminal Child Sexual Assault Case

June 12, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 52-year-old Lockport resident Candido Cordero was sentenced today to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of an eight-year-old child in the child’s home. The sentence also includes lifetime sex offender registration. 

“This demonic sexual predator took advantage of this innocent child for his own twisted gratification and will now be behind bars where he will have no access to defenseless children,” Glasgow said. “Children have an absolute right to feel safe in their own home.”

Cordero pled guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, for conduct that occurred in the bathroom while the boy was showering when Cordero was a guest at the child’s home. Judge Daniel Kennedy accepted Cordero’s guilty plea under the plea agreement, and Cordero was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Under state law, he must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

“Child sexual assault and abuse occurs across race, religion, and class,” Glasgow said. “That’s why I established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to provide hope, healing, and justice to abused youngsters. The CAC’s Multidisciplinary Team engages in a collaborative approach to taking the child’s statement, which protects the integrity of the information gathered and allows prosecutors and investigators to thoroughly assess possible criminal offenses that may have been committed. Further, advocates help the children and non-offending family members navigate the process, and trauma-focused therapists provide counseling to help overcome the impact of the abuse. We even have a Paws-4-Kids program that provides therapy dogs to help comfort the children.”

Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelly Tebo and Mary Fillipitch, Will County CAC Forensic Interviewer Jackie Lundquist, Victim Witness Advocate Jessica Gil, Will County CAC Trauma Therapist Lorraine Guerrero Nuemayer, Will County Sheriff Deputy Chris Erickson, and State’s Attorney’s Office Secretary Traci Knutson for their dedication and hard work.

The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center currently is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since its founding by State’s Attorney Glasgow in 1995, the CAC has served more than 9,500 children.

State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces 15 Problem Solving Court Participants Graduate In Four Ceremonies Held Over Past Week

June 10, 2020

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 15 individuals from Will County’s Problem Solving Courts graduated in four separate ceremonies held over the last week during which family members watched via Zoom. Glasgow commended the graduates for continuing their commitment to the program throughout the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“Our graduates have continued to persevere throughout the pandemic, and we applaud their dedication to continuing on the positive road upon which they embarked through participation in our Problem Solving Courts,” Glasgow said. “These have been challenging times for all of us, and it is a credit to these individuals that they have maintained their efforts throughout this pandemic. Our goal is to help these individuals and, in doing so, keep them out of the criminal justice system and save taxpayer costs. Each of our graduates has demonstrated what they can do with a support system in place.”

The graduation ceremonies for Veterans Court and Adult Redeploy Illinois Court participants were held June 3. Three individuals hailing from Minooka and Frankfort took part in the Veterans Court graduation, and two individuals from Joliet participated in the Adult Redeploy Ceremony. Circuit Judge Daniel Rippy presided over both. On June 4, Circuit Judge Sarah Jones presided over the Drug Court ceremony in which three participants from Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Richton Park, graduated. The final ceremony, for Mental Health Court participants, took place June 9 with Associate Circuit Judge Frederick Harvey presiding. Seven individuals, hailing from Crest Hill, Joliet, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Plainfield, and Channahon, graduated in this ceremony.

Family members were able to watch each of the ceremonies via Zoom, and each participant was given a signed graduation card from State’s Attorney Glasgow.

“We worked hard to ensure that the graduating participants still had the opportunity to be honored through ceremonies and that their families could share in the celebration even if remotely,” Glasgow said. “All graduates will be invited to the next publicly held graduation to participate in the full ceremony, but we wanted to acknowledge their hard work during these difficult times.”

Glasgow played an integral role in creating each of Will County’s four Problem Solving courts. He spearheaded the creation of the Drug Court – Will County’s first Problem Solving Court – when he wrote and administered the grant that funded its formation. Along with Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney, Glasgow established the Mental Health Court in 2010. He also petitioned for the formation of the Will County Veterans Court, and wrote and obtained the grant for the Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from prison and into gainful employment.

State’s Attorney Glasgow also established three residential facilities to further help Problem Solving Court participants on the path to reentry. The Miller Taylor House and Julie Ann House provide temporary housing, and the Connor Kelly Residence which opened in 2019 provides longer-term transitional housing.

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Statement by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow on Passing of County Executive Larry Walsh

June 4, 2020

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow issues the following statement on the June 3 passing of Will County Executive Larry Walsh:

“Will County has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of County Executive Larry Walsh. Larry truly loved the people of Will County and worked tirelessly for their benefit. His four terms as County Executive were the final chapter in a lifetime of dedicated service to Will County and the State of Illinois. He touched countless people’s lives and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Irene, Larry’s wife of many decades, and to his entire family. Rest in Peace, Larry Walsh.”

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Statement by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow

June 2, 2020

Joliet –The State’s Attorney’s Office has reviewed the investigative reports and two independent videos regarding the June 1 incident involving Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and the arrests of two individuals in Joliet. No final charging decision can be made until a full and independent investigation is completed. The Office of the State’s Attorney has requested further investigation by an independent third party agency to ensure as in all cases that the interests of justice and fairness are served. The Joliet Police Department agrees and is requesting that the Illinois State Police conduct the investigation to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and ensure a completely transparent process. As our Nation works to mend in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic murder, the State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to guaranteeing justice and absolute integrity in its review of this and all matters.

Glasgow Announces Prosecutor Jeff Brown Named Vice President of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois Board of Directors

May 18, 2020

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney has announced that Jeff Brown, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit, has been named Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI). The CACI is the chapter of the National Children’s Alliance which coordinates and supports Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout Illinois. The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Glasgow founded the Will County CAC in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice for children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.

Glasgow assigned Brown to the Will County CAC’s multidisciplinary team, comprised of law enforcement, DCFS investigators, forensic interviewers, child and family advocates, trauma therapists, medical personnel, and prosecutors. Brown also serves as a facility dog handler to therapy dog Kiwi, one of the canines in Glasgow’s groundbreaking Paws for Kids program that provides support to the children receiving services at the Will County CAC. Since Glasgow founded the center, it has served some 8,900 children throughout Will County.

“Our Children’s Advocacy Centers protect our most precious and most vulnerable resource – our children,” Glasgow said. “It is imperative that all of our Children’s Advocacy Centers are supported by compassionate, dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed individuals. I strongly supported Jeff’s appointment to the CACI Board in 2019, and it comes as no surprise that Jeff was the unanimous choice for Vice President.”

“The children of Illinois deserve to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night without fear of being abused,” Brown said. “I want to thank State’s Attorney Glasgow for giving me the opportunity to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. Serving as Vice President of the CACI provides an opportunity to work on behalf of children at an even broader level. It is an honor to be selected for this position by this highly respected organization.”

According to Will County CAC Executive Director Lisa Morel Las, “Jeff is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of society, and I am thrilled that he is able to use his passionate expertise to support and sustain Illinois’ CACs.”

In addition to prosecuting sex crimes, Brown was selected by Glasgow to head up the Animal Protection Unit in the State’s Attorney’s office. Glasgow created the Unit in conjunction with “The League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends,” a countywide initiative Glasgow established to address animal cruelty and neglect with the goal of protecting humans as well. Violence against animals is often a precursor to violence against humans, and perpetrators of domestic violence abuse or threaten to abuse animals to control their victims.

“Children and animals are defenseless and we have a moral imperative to protect them. On a daily basis, Jeff Brown stands up for both,” Glasgow said. “Jeff will be a tremendous resource for Will County as Vice President of the CACI Board.”

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