Courtwatch: Man Convicted of Exposing Himself to 7-year-old in Elmhurst Wants a New Trial
Here's a look at cases we're following in DuPage County courts.
Elmhurst—The Virginia man convicted last month of attempted predatory sexual assault of a child and sexual exploitation wants a new trial, records show.
Priyang Parikh awaits sentencing, but has filed a motion claiming he should be granted a new trial because of pre-trial errors by the judge and because jurors were not given the option of public indecency as an available lesser offense for consideration.
The jury found Parikh guilty of exposing himself to a young girl at a 2010 wedding in Elmhurst. The girl, and other children, chased Parikh out of the hotel after he took the girl into a side room under the pretense of giving her candy. She opened her eyes to see Parikh exposing himself, according to prosecutors.
He faces a minimum of four years in prison. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16 on his pre-sentence report. It's not immediately clear if the motion will also be heard at that time.
Naperville—A December trial date has been set for a Naperville man accused of fondling himself outside a Dairy Queen earlier this year.
Steven Wu was arrested in July after a teenage girl reported Wu was acting suspiciously, including standing with his hands inside his pants, outside the restaurant, authorities said. Wu also appeared to be following the girl and three others after they left the restaurant. Wu is scheduled for a Dec. 5 trial on four counts of misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child.
Naperville—One of three men accused in a string of robberies, including some in Naperville, has pleaded guilty.
In a deal with prosecutors, Travis Gamble admitted to one count of armed robbery and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Gamble was convicted of taking a cell phone and cash from woman, while threatening her with a bludgeon, during a Jan. 12 incident, according to records. It's unclear where the incident took place.
Gamble, Cory Paytes and Josiah McCroskey were arrested earlier this year in connection to multiple robberies in cases that stretch back to early 2011. Prosecutors dropped 15 other counts against Gamble in the deal that requires him to testify against Paytes.
He returns to court Nov. 27, while McCroskey has a Nov. 19 hearing scheduled.
Wheaton—A Wheaton teen will undergo a sex offender evaluation as part of his case on charges he tried to arrange a meeting for sex with a young girl, court records show.
Eric Pence was arrested in September after police investigated complaints from the girl's parents about Pence, who reportedly had lewd images of the girl on his phone. Prosecutors allege Pence wanted to meet the 12-year-old at the Wheaton Library for sexual activity. Pence has pleaded not guilty to child pornography, grooming and traveling to meet a minor charges. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 18.