State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Ninth K-9 Donated to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Forfeiture Money Being Used to Help Our Communities

JOLIET – A new member of the Monee Police Department was sworn in at the July 28 Monee Village Board Meeting – K-9 “Cap,” a 19-month-old German Shepherd purchased by Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow for the Monee Police Department using money forfeited from drug dealers and money launderers. Glasgow, Monee Police Chief Scott Koerner, and handler Officer Steve Crescenti joined Cap as he was sworn in by Village Clerk Doneshia Codjoe before Mayor Dr. Therese Bogs and the members of the Village Board. 

Glasgow paid for the purchase of Cap, his training, and the canine transport equipment installed in the police vehicle, with drug asset money seized from dealers and traffickers selling illegal narcotics in Will County. No taxpayer dollars were used. Cap joins eight other canines Glasgow has provided to law enforcement agencies throughout Will County.

“We must continue to do everything we can to confront the deadly opioid epidemic that has gripped our communities even more significantly during the Covid pandemic. These special K-9s do a remarkable job assisting local law enforcement efforts in taking dealers off our streets and removing dangerous drugs from our communities,” Glasgow said. “The K-9s also play a vital role in preventing the scourge of drug use by helping our officers and schools teach children about the dangers of drugs, as well as helping schools monitor for the presence of drugs and providing an opportunity for student intervention and counseling.

“Cap is the latest K-9 I have donated, but he won’t be the last in this important program! These Police K-9s play an essential role as Ambassadors of Goodwill between the police department and the community they serve.” 

In addition to Cap, State’s Attorney Glasgow has provided “Rookie” in Shorewood, “Hutch” in Channahon, “Roxie” in Rockdale, and “Mao” in Wilmington; “Simo” in Crest Hill, “Tib” (short for Tiburian) in Elwood; and “Tucker” in Park Forest. Glasgow provided the training and K-9 transport equipment for each of these K-9s as well. Glasgow also partnered with the Will County Sheriff by contributing half the cost for “Loki,” a German Shepherd trained in detecting explosives who joined the Will County Sheriff’s Department last year to provide critically important technical security at the new Will County courthouse.

“Our Police Department and the Village of Monee are excited to have Cap as a member of our law enforcement team,” said Chief Koerner. “Cap and Officer Crescenti completed a rigorous five-week training course at Landheim Training Center in Indiana before Cap could begin his duties. We’ve already seen that Cap has quickly become a popular member of the Monee Police Department!”

Cap is a member of Glasgow’s “K-9s for Cops” program, a part of the League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends initiative Glasgow established to bring together the law enforcement community, animal control agencies, veterinarians, humane societies, rescue groups, and all who care about the humane treatment of animals to work together in addressing animal cruelty and neglect. Glasgow also works closely with the nonprofit organization K9s for Vets that provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD and helps veterans with PTSD transition to civilian life.

“These wonderful police K-9s serve a dual purpose; along with helping address the scourge of drugs, these canines teach our children the importance of empathy, compassion, and good old-fashioned kindness to animals,” Glasgow said. “Many serial killers have a history of abusing animals. In 1999, I wrote legislation making the torture of animals a felony in Illinois with a mandatory psychiatric evaluation to derail a potential mass murderer. Children who see someone hurting a trusting, defenseless animal at home, or who hurt animals themselves, may eventually do the same to human beings. Helping raise awareness about animal abuse and neglect also guards against violence against other humans.”

In addition to crusading to protect animals, Glasgow has an extensive history of addressing the opioid epidemic. He has pursued an aggressive agenda that includes targeting heroin dealers and prosecuting drug-induced homicides against heroin/fentanyl dealers who have sold this deadly poison to hold them accountable for these tragic homicides. Additionally, in 1998, Glasgow obtained the federal grants to establish Will County’s drug court program that helps offenders re-enter the community following an intensive and structured program. Glasgow also works with HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) to educate our communities about the dangers of opioids.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow with K9 Cap and Handler Officer Steve Crescenti

State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Arthur Knox Sentenced to 15 Years in Attempted Stabbing Murder of Former Girlfriend

July 15, 2021

JOLIET – State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Arthur Knox, 55, of Joliet, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by Associate Judge Edward A. Burmila, Jr.​, in the 2016 stabbing of former girlfriend Lisa Cummins. Burmila had found Knox guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder—a Class X felony—on February 28, 2020, following a bench trial.

Knox had stabbed Cummins multiple times in the neck, shoulder, and abdomen the morning of April 4, 2016, a couple months after Cummins had ended their relationship. Cummins, who was living at her sister’s residence, was walking on the driveway toward her vehicle when Knox came running at her with his hands up and wearing a hoodie over his head. She tried to run back toward the house, slipped, and fell, at which time Knox got on top of her and began stabbing her. He then fled the scene and Cummins went back into the residence, where her sister called 911.

“No one should have to live in abject fear because they have ended a relationship—and yet, the risk of extreme violence increases once someone leaves their abuser,” Glasgow said. “It is a miracle that she survived because any single one of the callously inflicted stab wounds could have ended her life. Although he will spend time in prison, nothing can make up for the permanent physical and emotional scarring Ms. Cummins suffered during this barbaric attack.”

Knox will receive a credit of 1929 days for time served.

Glasgow commended Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyson Wozniak and Sarah Shutts, as well as Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz, for their selfless dedication in seeking justice in this case.

Glasgow Announces Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Awarded Reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance

June 24, 2021

JOLIET, IL –  Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow has announced that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been awarded reaccreditation by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), following an extensive application and site review process. The NCA is the accrediting agency for CACs throughout the country. Accreditation is the highest level that can be awarded, and is based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient, and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims.

“I established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center over 25 years ago to enable police and prosecutors to put dangerous predators behind bars while providing young victims of child abuse and their families with hope, healing, and justice,” Glasgow said. “The Will County CAC has become a model for others because, as this award of reaccreditation reaffirms, we set a standard of excellence from day one. Children are our most precious resource, and the abused children we see every day deserve every opportunity to be heard, protected, and helped.”

Since Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995, thousands of children who have endured severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, and exposure to violence have been served by the CAC’s child-sensitive forensic interview, advocacy, and trauma therapy programs.

“This reaccreditation validates our demonstrated commitment to providing comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate services to victims of child abuse,” said Will County CAC Executive Director Lisa Morel Las. “It is particularly gratifying that the National Children’s Alliance recognized our committed team and the leadership provided by State’s Attorney Glasgow. Our team truly cares about every child who walks through our doors.”

As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the country, the National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership. Once accredited, a CAC must undergo a reaccreditation process every five years to ensure that evidence-based practices are being implemented and the highest quality of service is being provided.

“Our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” said NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar.  “The Will County CAC is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse.”

More information about the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center is available at www.willcountycac.org.

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Glasgow Announces Two Employees with State’s Attorney’s Office Honored with Will County Board Proclamations

June 17, 2021

JOLIET, IL – Two longtime employees with the Office of Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow are the recipients of Proclamations issued by the Will County Board and County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Will County Problem Solving Courts Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr and Assistant State’s Attorney Phil Mock received this recognition in light of their combined total of nearly 70 years of service to the people of Will County.

McCabe-Sterr began her career in Will County in 1989 as a social worker with the Center for Correctional Concerns assigned to the Will County Adult Detention Facility. State’s Attorney Glasgow hired McCabe-Sterr in 2004 to serve as the Problem Solving Courts Coordinator.

“It is fitting that during the past year Julie oversaw the establishment of a community garden for Problem Solving Court participants,” Glasgow said. “These participants are Julie’s garden, and under her care, they have flourished. Julie has been there to support her people in the face of challenges and loss, and to celebrate victories. She has been a leader, a mentor, and a giver of care and compassion.”

In addition to overseeing operations, McCabe-Sterr assisted Glasgow in the expansion of the Problem Solving Courts from the initial Drug Court to also include the Mental Health Court, Adult Redeploy Illinois Court, and Veterans and Servicemembers Court. She also worked with Glasgow in facilitating the development and expansion of Will County’s three residential facilities providing Problem Solving Court participants with critical, temporary housing necessary for a safe transition back into society—the Miller Taylor House, the Julie Ann House (named in McCabe-Sterr’s honor), and the Connor Kelly Residence.

Also honored was Phil Mock, who will be retiring in June after a 37-year career with the State’s Attorney’s Office in numerous capacities, including courtroom supervisor, misdemeanor chief, juvenile chief, drug prosecution unit chief, and chief deputy State’s Attorney. Mock also is past president of the Child Care Resource and Referral Board for Will, Grundy, Kendall, and Kankakee Counties, and past president of the Will County Humane Society.

“We refer to Phil as our ‘resident historian’ in light of his wealth of knowledge, but he is so much more–as demonstrated by his volunteer service to the people of Will County,” Glasgow said. “Phil’s unwavering dedication and commitment to serving others clearly has been a driving force throughout his distinguished career.”

McCabe-Sterr retired from the State’s Attorney’s Office on June 4. Mock will be retiring June 25.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Receives Outstanding State’s Attorney Award from Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists

June 16, 2021

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow today was presented with the Outstanding State’s Attorney Award by the nonprofit organization Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). AAIM Executive Director Rita Kreslin presented the Award to Glasgow for his “outstanding dedication to championing the cause of justice for impaired driving crash victims and their families.”

“Crime victims need support and advocacy throughout the criminal justice process, and this is no different for victims harmed by impaired drivers—who often suffer both emotional and physical injury. Together with AAIM, our Victim Witness Services Unit team members counsel victims and their families throughout the court process and stand with these victims as they work to regain their lives and recover from the losses they have suffered,” Glasgow said. “Impaired driving remains a serious and easily preventable problem that can wreak devastation on its victims, and my Office prosecutes these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

AAIM is Illinois’ only not-for-profit victim advocacy organization that works closely with victims of impaired and reckless driving. Its Advocates regu­larly accompany victims to court and track case dispositions, and Court Monitors are physically present in the courtroom on a regular basis to observe and document court proceedings, track results, and identify inconsistencies from courthouse to courthouse.

“Under State’s Attorney Glasgow’s leadership, not only are impaired driving cases prosecuted but victims are given much needed support throughout the process,” Kreslin said. “Our Advocates and Court Monitors help victims of impaired and reckless driving throughout the State. The attention to this critical issue in Will County is a testament to State’s Attorney Glasgow’s dedication and commitment to serving criminal justice and crime victims.”

Victim Advocates in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office are available to assess needs, provide resources and referrals, inform crime victims of their rights, provide notice of case status, explain court process and proceedings, provide counseling, and coordinate support services throughout the criminal justice process. Advocates also accompany victims to court to explain proceedings, offer support, act as a liaison to the prosecutor, and ensure safety precautions are considered and implemented when needed. To speak with a Victim Advocate, please call the Will County State’s Attorney’s Victim Services Unit, at 815-740-8079.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Previously Convicted Sex Offender Bettenhausen Sentenced to Eight Years for Unlawful Video Recording and Possession of Child Pornography

June 2, 2021

JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Aaron Bettenhausen, 43, of Frankfort, was sentenced today by Chief Judge Daniel Kennedy to eight years in prison on two counts of Class 1 Child Pornography. Bettenhausen had pled guilty on December 12, 2020. At the time of the offense, Bettenhausen already was on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry following a 2014 conviction on three counts of Class 2 Child Pornography.

Bettenhausen was apprehended by New Lenox Police in July 2020 for taking “upskirt,” sexually intrusive videos of young women in the Target Store at 2370 East Lincoln Highway in New Lenox. A review of one of his phones showed numerous upskirt videos and photos, as well as photos of pre-pubescent children engaged in pornographic acts. Officers later found several SIM cards with child pornography at Bettenhausen’s residence. 

“The conduct of this repeat child predator is morally repugnant,” Glasgow said. “Sadly, the reality with child pornography is that the victimization can continue long after a photograph or video is taken; images placed on the internet can never be fully erased or recovered, and they can be passed from person to person indefinitely. That’s why I established the High Tech Crimes Unit in our Office in 2012 to work with local police departments to track and arrest individuals who trade child pornography over the internet. We need to do everything in our power to help investigate and prevent the vile exploitation of innocent children.”

The charges in Bettenhausen’s 2014 conviction were the result of an investigation by State’s Attorney Glasgow’s High Technology Crimes Unit and the Peotone Police Department. In that case, Bettenhausen was convicted on three counts of Class 2 Child Pornography and sentenced to adult probation as well as lifetime registration on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.

The two four-year sentences will be served consecutively. Bettenhausen will receive credit for the 324 days he served before sentencing.

Glasgow credited Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Bahar, Director of Victim Witness Services

Nichole Pasteris, and Administrative Assistant Nikkol McGuire for their hard work on this matter.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces That 19 Problem Solving Court Participants Graduate in Three Ceremonies Held This Week

May 27, 2021

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 19 individuals from Will County’s Problem Solving Courts graduated in three separate ceremonies this week at the new Will County Courthouse. These were the first ceremonies to allow both participants and their family members to attend in person since the pandemic had required the closure of such in-person events. 

“It is especially meaningful for our graduates that their families are once again able to personally attend the ceremonies and support our graduates as they begin this new chapter in their lives,” Glasgow said. “The pandemic demonstrated the resilience and endurance not only of our graduates, but of our Problem Solving Courts Program which continued to support our participants throughout this challenging period in creative ways ranging from the establishment of a community garden, to the personal delivery of craft projects and activities for participants to engage in with their children.”

The Mental Health Court graduation was held May 25, with seven individuals from Joliet, Lockport, Crest Hill, Plainfield, and Homer Glen participating. A May 26 ceremony was held for ARI graduates, from Joliet and Ellwood. Finally, ten Drug Court participants hailing from Joliet, Plainfield, Mokena, New Lenox, and Lockport graduated in a ceremony on May 27. Associate Circuit Judge Fred Harvey presided over the three ceremonies. Problem Solving Courts Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr also participated in each ceremony.

Glasgow played an integral role in creating each of Will County’s four Problem Solving courts. He spearheaded the creation of the Drug Court in 2000 – 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 in 2012, and wrote and obtained the grant for the Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from prison and into gainful employment in 2015.

In addition, Glasgow 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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Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow To Appear On Special ABC 20/20 Episode Tonight Featuring Riley Fox Murder Case

May 7, 2021

JOLIET – Will County Attorney State’s Attorney James Glasgow will appear in a special two-hour episode of ABC 20/20 airing tonight on the Riley Fox murder case. Riley had been found dead in a creek on June 6, 2004, a few miles from her home in Wilmington, Illinois. She had been sexually assaulted, bound and gagged.

Riley’s father Kevin Fox had been charged by a prior state’s attorney in October 2004 with the murder of his daughter. Within a day of filing those charges, the prior state’s attorney also announced his decision to seek the death penalty against Kevin Fox. After taking office in December 2004, Glasgow reviewed the case he had inherited and ordered the testing of DNA evidence retrieved from the young victim. Glasgow dismissed the charges against Kevin Fox on June 17, 2005, less than a day after learning that the DNA evidence excluded him as a donor.

State’s Attorney Glasgow later formally asked the FBI to join the investigation into Riley Fox’s murder. In the trailer to the episode airing this evening, Glasgow states, “In 2009, I just got to the point where I said, we’ve just got to do something drastic here, so I asked the FBI if they would get involved.” The FBI brought unprecedented resources and expertise to a long-standing investigation.

On May 27, 2010, Glasgow filed first-degree murder charges against Scott Wayne Eby. At the time, Eby was serving a 14-year prison sentence in the Lawrence Correctional Center for an unrelated criminal sexual assault that occurred in July 2005 in Will County.

In a release issued by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office the date the charges were filed against Eby, Glasgow stated: “The FBI greatly expanded the investigative resources of local law enforcement by bringing a large team of highly trained agents and a fresh perspective to this horrific case. Through methodical and dogged police work, this team of agents developed and followed up on dozens of additional sources and leads that eventually led to Scott Wayne Eby and the charges we have filed today.”

Eby confessed and was later convicted of Riley Fox’s murder.

The two-hour special episode airs tonight, May 7, 2021, at 8-10pm central on ABC.

State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Darrius Brown Sentenced to Eight Years in Violent 2018 Beatings of Girlfriend

May 3, 2021

JOLIET –  Will County Attorney State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that Darrius Brown, 40, of Plainfield was sentenced today to eight years in prison by Circuit Judge Carmen Goodman for violent attacks on his girlfriend spanning multiple days in 2018. The sentencing follows a bench trial that concluded on October 8, 2020, in which Goodman found Brown guilty of Aggravated Domestic Battery, a Class 2 Felony; Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, also a Class 2 Felony; and Resisting a Police Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor.

The beatings occurred over approximately five days in February 2018, while Brown was living with Jamie Hollingsworth, his girlfriend, at her residence. During this time span, Hollingsworth’s children heard Brown beating and punching their mother repeatedly, and one child said he could hear her yelling “stop, stop you’re hurting me.” Brown refused to let the children intervene despite their attempts to help their mother. Finally, Brown ordered the oldest child to take her to the hospital but to say that he had found her in Chicago and that if he didn’t “stick to the story” he would end up just like her. Hollingsworth suffered brain damage and memory loss, required surgery to attempt to repair her vision from retinal detachment, had over 14 facial fractures, and suffered numerous other injuries from the beatings. Officers located .22 ammunition in the residence when executing a search warrant. Testimony of multiple witnesses, including the children, was that Brown, a convicted felon, possessed a number of firearms and ammunition.

“Previously convicted felon Darrius Brown callously brutalized Jamie Hollingsworth—beating her while the children in the household heard her crying for help and were not allowed to come to her aid,” Glasgow said. “The cruelty of this morally reprehensible predator and the impact of his violent conduct on this helpless woman and her children is unfathomable.”

Brown was sentenced to eight years on the Aggravated Domestic Battery count to be served at 85% pursuant to state statute, followed by two years mandatory supervised release; six years on Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon to be served at 50% pursuant to state statute, followed by two years mandatory supervised release; and 100 days for Resisting a Police Officer with credit for time served. Brown, who has been in custody since March 24, 2018, will receive 1,136 days credit for time served.

Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Mark Fleszewski and Katie Rabenda, Victim Advocate Esther Borrego, as well as staff members Traci Knutson, Nancy Nelson, Jennifer Boyle, and Gus Martinucci, for their dedication and hard work throughout the course of the case.

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Successful Prosecution of First Jury Trial in New Will County Courthouse

April 21, 2021

JOLIET –  Will County Attorney State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced the successful prosecution of the first criminal 12-person jury trial in the new Will County Courthouse on April 13, 2021. Although the doors to the new courthouse opened November 2, 2021, both civil and criminal jury trials in Will County had been suspended since Spring 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Winning the first jury trial in the new, state-of-the-art Will County Courthouse following the absence of jury trials in Will County for over a year because of the pandemic is truly an historic event,” Glasgow said. “To honor this seminal moment, we are establishing a commemorative wall in the State’s Attorney’s Office to recognize significant achievements by our team in the new courthouse – and this will be at the top of the display.”

Glasgow noted that the courthouse is likely to be extremely busy now that the jury trials put on hold because of the pandemic are resuming.

“I told these two talented young Assistant State’s Attorneys that they have accomplished something that no one else can match, because there is only one first jury trial in the new courthouse,” Glasgow said. “We are all very proud of Kaitlyn Leone and James Zanayed. I look forward to similarly commemorating future noteworthy achievements by our prosecutors in the new Will County courthouse.”

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