Elmhurst Man Known for His Work with Troubled Youth Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 15-year-old
Zale Hoddenbach, a former gang member who most recently worked to steer youth away from violence, is a father of five.
A 42-year-old Elmhurst resident was charged last week with criminal sexual assault of a minor in his supervisory care, Cook County prosecutors said.
According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, in October 2010, Zale Hoddenbach allegedly took the girl, whom he met a year prior when she was in eighth grade, to a Chicago home that he owns. There, he allegedly took pictures of her having sex with another woman. He also allegedly engaged in sexual activity with her for nearly a year and gave her cash and clothing in exchange for the trysts.
Hoddenbach was a gang member in Chicago for 15 years, according to a biography on Northwestern University's Web site. He has a criminal record that includes burglary and delivery of a controlled substance, and he served 10 years in the Pontiac Correctional Center for gang-related crimes.
Hoddenbach, who reportedly had turned his life around, was a speaker at an NU event in September 2009 titled, Chicago Stories: Violence and the Ethics of Urban Health Care.
He most recently has been working with CeaseFire as a "violence Interrupter." He also is a former Boys & Girls Club counselor.
According to DuPage County court records, Hoddenbach, who is listed with a South York Road address, also was arrested for domestic violence in 2005, but the case was dropped because a witness didn't show up for trial.
Hoddenbach turned himself in to police Oct. 17. He denies the allegations.
Calls to Hoddenbach's attorney were not immediately returned.
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