On Wednesday, July 22nd,
a Lake County Grand Jury was presented with facts of this case. After
hearing the facts and evidence, the Grand Jury indicted James M. Parsino on five (5) counts
of Dissemination of
Child Pornography, each a Class X Felony, and five (5) counts of Possession of
Child Pornography, each a Class 2 Felony.
After additional investigation was
conducted, it was determined Parsino (50) not only possessed Child Pornography,
but electronically disseminated numerous child pornography videos involving
children under the age of 13, to other individuals.
Each Class X Felony carries a
possible sentence of a minimum of 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of
Corrections. Parsino is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on
Anyone with information on
Parsino relevant to this investigation is asked to contact Detective
Christopher Covelli of the Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit at 847-377-4180.
Car Crashes Into Beach Park Daycare Center
On Wednesday July 22 at approximately 9:15 a.m., a vehicle
being driven by a 16 year old female crashed through the wall of the Lee’s
Family Daycare and Learning Center located at 38833 Sheridan Rd Beach Park. The
vehicle crashed through the wall and entered a room where several children were
Preliminary investigation shows that the 16
year old driver was turning into the driveway of the daycare center when she
hit the accelerator instead of the brake causing her to lose control and strike
the wall of the building. Investigation showed the Aunt of the driver, Ranie
Hall (33) 1300 block of 30th Ave Kenosha Wisconsin allowed the
juvenile to operate the vehicle without a license or learner’s permit.
One 11 year old child from the daycare was
transported to Vista Hospital at the request of the parents. None of the other
21 children and 8 adults was injured as a result of this crash. All parents of
the children at the daycare center were notified and responded to the scene.
The 16 year old driver was cited for
Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and no Insurance.
Hall was cited for Allowing An Unlicensed
Driver to Operate a Motor Vehicle.
Both are scheduled to appear in Traffic court
in Round Lake Beach on September 14th at 3:00 pm.
Any further information will be conveyed via
official Lake County Sheriff’s Office Press Release.
Teen Attacked While Jogging in Unincorporated Barrington
On Friday July 17th at approximately 3:00 p.m. Lake County Deputies
responded to the 26000 block of Lakeland Dr. in unincorporated Lake Barrington to
a report that a jogger had been attacked by an unknown male subject.
investigation shows that a 16 year old female was jogging along the roadway
when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male. The victim did not hear
the approaching attacker because she was wearing headphones at the time.
attacker attempted to drag the 16 year old victim into the woods but she was
able to fight off the attacker and run away. The victim contacted her mother
who then contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
attacker was described as a white male in his early 40’s approximately 5’9”
tall with light brown or blonde hair and wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts
and black gym shoes.
search of the area by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by LCSO K-9,
Wauconda PD and Tower Lakes PD was unsuccessful in locating the offender.
victim was not seriously injured as a result of this attack.
having information concerning the identity of the attacker is urged to contact
the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (847) 377-4250 or
the Lake County Sheriff’s Communications Center at (847) 549-5200.
further information will be released via official Lake County Sheriff’s Office
press release when it becomes available.
Lake Zurich Man Charged with Reproducing Child Pornography
On Thursday July 9th, an early morning search warrant
was executed in the 100 block of Pine Ave, Lake Zurich. The search warrant was
the result of a child pornography investigation conducted by the Lake County
Sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Cybercrimes
Arrested was Jonathon C. Crouter (23) of Pine Ave, Lake
Zurich. Evidence was seized from his residence which included multiple
electronic devices capable of storing electronic media.
A forensic examination of the media devices revealed hundreds of
videos identified as child pornography involving children under the age of
13. It was also determined during the investigation that Crouter
reproduced several videos containing child pornography.
Crouter was charged with ten (10) counts of Reproducing Child
Pornography, each a Class X Felony. The offense of Reproducing Child
Pornography occurs when an image containing child pornography is
duplicated, distributed and stored on other electronic media devices. Each
Class X Felony carries a possible sentence of a minimum of 6 to 30 years in the
Illinois Department of Corrections.
on the extensive amount of child pornography located on the electronic media,
further investigation will be conducted to determine if additional charges will
be sought on the devices seized.
Crouter is being held in the Lake County Jail pending a bond
hearing on Friday morning July 10th in courtroom C-120.
Any further information will be conveyed via official press
COMMUNITY ALERT - Beware of Ruse Burglaries
“Ruse” burglaries are crimes
in which the offender uses a “ruse” to get their victim distracted in order to
commit a burglary. Victims are physically present at the home when the burglary
is taking place. Ruse burglars target seniors and people living alone. The
offenders generally travel in pairs, allowing one offender to distract the
homeowner while the other offender enters the home to search for and steal
cash, jewelry and other items. Offenders use many story lines including:
• Repairing unilock pavers.
• Blacktop, seal-coating, or
• Inquiries about the
homeowner’s water supply or water pressure.
• Informing the homeowner
there is an electrical problem outside of the home.
• Offering to repair
gutters, fences or tree trimming and landscaping.
• False statements about
problems with the neighbor’s house.
• Questions about
homeowner’s property lines.
• Inquiries about homes for
sale in the neighborhood.
Do not allow anyone in your
home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment. If you
live near a senior citizen, warn them. If
a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are
driving (make, model, color, type) and their attire and physical characteristics.
If you do not choose to
speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked
or unattended. A legitimate utility or government worker will never object if
you ask for ID. You may verify with the utility company or local government
agency if the individual was sent to your residence.
If you feel you were the
victim of a ruse burglary or if you have seen suspicious vehicles and/or
subjects approaching elderly neighbors, please call the Lake County Sheriff’s
Office at 847-549-5200 to report these incidents, or call 911 if the incident
is in progress. Please be ready to provide the offender’s vehicle description
and a license plate number.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Boaters to New Laws
Lake County Sheriff Mark
C. Curran, Jr. is again reminding boaters of the new watercraft laws taking
effect in 2015:
Senate Bill 1479 requires any watercraft towing
a person to display a bright orange flag at the highest point of the boat’s
helm. The flag must be visible from all directions and continuously displayed.
Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure and
forfeiture of watercraft used in the commission of repeated specified offenses
including operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating
compounds or combination thereof.
Boater’s Education: SB3433 (Effective January 1, 2016)
Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after
January 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety
certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10
“Know the laws and obey the
laws – they’ll keep you, your family and friends safer on the waterways,”
stated Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.
In addition, Sheriff
Curran reminded mariners, “Boaters love the adventure and fun of a day spent on
the water. However, accidents can happen quickly – so don’t just carry a life
jacket – “Wear It!”