Monday, October 1, 2012
James Bonafide, of Hillside, remains in DuPage County Jail.
A registered sex offender from Hillside pleaded not guilty to charges he improperly approached two Timothy Christian students in August. James Bonafide, who remains held in DuPage County Jail on $99,999 bail, appeared in court Monday for arraignment on single counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful loitering near a school by a sex offender. Elmhurst police arrested 39-year-old Bonafide at his Hillside home on Aug. 31 after a witness saw him approach two young female students at the school. During a bond-reduction hearing last month, prosecutors said Bonafide parked near the school around 10 a.m. that day, went up to the girls, each 8 years old, and made a lewd comment to them. The witness confronted Bonafide about the incident, who …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Also, York student taken to juvenile facility for disorderly conduct. Reports taken from the Elmhurst police blotter Sept. 13.
The principal at Conrad Fischer School contacted police after a student told her a man driving a black, possibly four-door vehicle with tinted windows stopped and asked her if she wanted a ride while she was standing at Van Auken and Wrightwood at 8:05 a.m. Sept. 13. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Van Auken. Police did not provide any additional description of the man. An investigation is under way. An employee of Elmbrook Nursing Home, 127 W. Diversey, ran a background check as required for a new resident moving in. He contacted police at 5:05 p.m. Sept. 13 because the results of the background check showed the man to be a convicted sex offender. He is no longer required to register as a sex offender, police said, but he is still…
Monday, September 10, 2012
History of allegations similar to new charges against James Bonafide.
James Bonafide vowed things would be different after he was arrested in 2007. Bonafide had been charged that year with twice fondling himself in front of children outside two Elmhurst schools, Sandburg Middle and Hawthorne Elementary. He pleaded guilty to unlawful loitering by a sex offender and was awaiting sentencing in March 2008, when he wrote a letter from jail to the judge overseeing the case. “It has been the first time I have been incarcerated. It has definitely had an impact on me and I never again want to repeat this experience,” Bonafide wrote. “I can’t change the past, but I’m very serious about my future and I’m truly ready to put an end to this cycle.” Bonafide was given 180 days in prison and 2 1/2 years of probation, which …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Bonafide, of Hillside, was taken to DuPage County Jail on felony charge of unlawful loitering within 500 feet of a school.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Elmhurst police have released the name of the registered sex offender who allegedly was making "inappropriate sexual comments" to female elementary school students at Timothy Christian School, 188 W. Butterfield Road, on Friday, Aug. 31. James Bonafide, 39, of Hillside, has been charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful loitering within 500 feet of a school, according to a press release from the Elmhurst Police Department. At about 10 a.m. Aug. 31, police responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of the school. A witness saw Bonafide driving a blue van through the parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church, 130 W. Butterfield, and in the parking lot of Royal York Condominiums, at 100 W. Butterfield, which is adjacent to the …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Until now, only such crimes against kids younger than 16 were punishable.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Illinois Senate Republican staff. Just in time for a new school year, Gov. Pat Quinn signed school safety legislation sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). Introduced at the recommendation of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, House Bill 5265 (P.A. 97-0998) allows for the felony prosecution of people who attempt to lure older children into their vehicle while the child is traveling to or from school. Dillard said that the new law was co-sponsored by his colleague Sen. John Millner (R-Carol Stream), who previously served as the Elmhurst police chief. The bill was introduced in response to a case in DuPage County, where a 17 year-old was on her way to …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Girl called police and was able identify him.
A registered sex offender was arrested after trying to give a York High School girl a ride. Steven P. Moore, 43, 633 Stewart Ave., North Aurora, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an incident at 8 a.m. April 30 on the 200 block of Winthrop. A York High School student told police Moore pulled alongside of her while she was walking on the 200 block of Winthrop. He reportedly told her she was cute and offered her a ride to school. She refused and Moore drove away. According to a police report, he later was seen driving through the York High School parking lot "until he was apprehended." The victim called police and was able to identify Moore as the man who offered her a ride. Moore is listed as a registered sex offender on…