Posted On: September 28, 2009

Suburban Chicago Daycare Owner Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor

An Antioch, IL, daycare owner was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse last Friday at a Lake County courthouse. Michael Moskowitz, a 49 year-old resident of 1010 W. Osmond Ave., was taken into custody on allegations that he had sexually abused an 8 year-old family member. Moskowitz had operated a licensed in home day care center in north suburban Antioch since 2006. The center’s license has been suspended by the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) as the police are investigating the sexual abuse allegation. The DCFS office has also removed six children that lived with Moskowitz at his Antioch home.

The aggravated criminal sexual assault charges facing Moskowitz are Class 2 felonies carrying up to seven years in prison. His bond has been set at $50,000.00.

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Posted On: September 19, 2009

Chicago Bus Driver Charged with Kidnapping Grade School Boy

A Chicago man was charged yesterday with kidnapping a Hyde Park kindergartner following an incident at 5335 S. Kenwood Ave on the city’s South Side. According to reports, 67 year-old William Bledsoe of the 7600 block of South Honore St. allegedly detained a young boy for several hours last Tuesday. The boy was allegedly detained between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during the school day according to a Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman. The boy is reportedly a student at Murray Language Academy. He was taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital following the incident.

Police are now investigating whether Bledsoe, an employee of the Jewels Bus Company in the Roseland neighborhood, sexually assaulted the young boy while he was being held against his will. Bledsoe has yet to be charged with sexual assault. The bus was towed and taken as evidence in an ongoing investigation by the Chicago Police Special Investigations Unit. For more information on the incident follow this link.

If the young boy was sexually abused, he may have civil claims against both the bus driver and also the institutions responsible for his employment. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience advocating on behalf of childhood sexual abuse victims in the State of Illinois. If you have any questions regarding sexual abuse victims’ rights or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: September 9, 2009

Chicago Area Couple Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A suburban Chicago husband and wife were killed Monday night when their motorcycle was hit by a vehicle. The deadly motorcycle accident occurred near West Dundee and North Quentin roads in Palatine, IL. According to reports, the car was leaving a gas station on the southwest corner of the intersection when it collided with the motorcycle. The couple was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Michael Kelm, a 65 year old resident of the 100 block of Weymouth Lane in Schaumburg, IL, was subsequently pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiners Examiner’s Office. His wife, 54 year old Susan Kelm of the same address, was pronounced dead at the same hospital at 3:46 p.m.

The woman driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for failure to yield according to the Cook County sheriff’s police. The tragic Chicago vehicle crash is still under investigation. The accident occurred in unincorporated Cook County.

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