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Sex Crimes

Nov. 25 2020

Aggravating Factors in an Illinois Sex Crime

Aggravating Factors in an Illinois Sex Crime
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you live around the Palatine area, you might have seen recent news of a man who was arrested on a count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The man faces a bond of $100,000 and if he can post, he must still remain under electronic home monitoring. He is also forbidden from contact with [...]
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Oct. 7 2020

Isn’t All Sexual Abuse in Illinois Criminal?

Isn't All Sexual Abuse in Illinois Criminal?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you’ve heard the term “criminal sexual abuse,” it might make you wonder: Isn’t all sexual abuse a crime? The short answer is yes. So then why isn’t the charge simply called sexual abuse rather than criminal sexual abuse? Because a sexual abuse case isn’t always only presented [...]
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Jul. 17 2020

COVID-19 Grace Period for Chicago Sex Offenders Not a “Free Pass”

COVID-19 Grace Period for Chicago Sex Offenders Not a “Free Pass”
Posted By: Sami Azhari

The global pandemic has put a halt on many plans and procedures. Buildings are closed. Deadlines have been pushed back. Events have been rescheduled. Law enforcement and criminal justice are not immune to the effects of COVID-19. Case-in-point: Chicago’s Criminal Registration Unit is [...]
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Mar. 13 2020

Are You a Victim of Sex Trafficking? IL Law Enforcement May Not Know

Are You a Victim of Sex Trafficking? IL Law Enforcement May Not Know
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Regardless of your opinions on the topic of sex work, it’s a heavily regulated and penalized activity in the US today. In Illinois in particular, there are strict punishments for sex work convictions. In fact, even victims of sex trafficking might be charged with prostitution, while the [...]
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Jan. 9 2020

When Holiday Work Parties Lead to Sexual Harassment Accusations in IL

When Holiday Work Parties Lead to Sexual Harassment Accusations in IL
Posted By: Sami Azhari

The office holiday party has long been regarded as a way for overworked employees to cut loose and enjoy themselves at the end of the year. In most cases, holiday parties are harmless fun that ends well for everyone. However, sexual misconduct is also relatively common at holiday parties, [...]
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Sep. 6 2019

Illinois Sex Crime Laws Designed to Protect Minors

Illinois Sex Crime Laws Designed to Protect Minors
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Minor children, especially those in unstable home situations such as runaways or children in the foster care system, are at high risk for sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. These vulnerable kids may be compelled by force or coercion to engage in commercial sex acts or may engage in [...]
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Aug. 7 2019

Epstein, R. Kelly Cases Shine a Light on Illinois Sex Trafficking

Epstein, R. Kelly Cases Shine a Light on Illinois Sex Trafficking
Posted By: Sami Azhari

The Me Too Movement has paved the way to a number of powerful men being charged with sex crimes and sexual misconduct. The greatest public awareness began with the Weinstein story which broke in October 2017 and has culminated into dozens of household names being smeared. You’ve heard [...]
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Jun. 12 2019

How Sex Offender Treatment Works in Illinois

How Sex Offender Treatment Works in Illinois
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Short of murder, sex offenses are some of the most grievous crimes one person can commit against another. Further, many offenders commit sex crimes repeatedly. In an attempt to protect public safety and keep people from reoffending, Illinois carefully manages prior sex offenders. This [...]
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May. 26 2019

When Prom Adventures Turn Into Illinois Criminal Charges

When Prom Adventures Turn Into Illinois Criminal Charges
Posted By: Sami Azhari

‘Tis the season for prom night shenanigans, and while it can be a harmless evening of fun for high school students as the academic year comes to an end, it’s also a dangerous time for teens. Prom night adventures can lead to serious or even fatal incidents, as well as the legal trouble [...]
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May. 9 2019

Understanding the Illinois Internet Crimes against Children Task Force

Understanding the Illinois Internet Crimes against Children Task Force
Posted By: Sami Azhari

These days, we use computers and the internet for just about everything. Virtually everyone is online, including small children. In fact, statistics from the US department of education suggest that 81% of children as young as three are on the internet. Unfortunately, predators are also [...]
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