Elderly Neglect, Sex Assault of a Child, Embezzlement: Court Watch

Patch catches you up on some of DuPage and Kane counties' high-profile court cases.

The following are recent developments in notable DuPage and Kane County court cases:


Attempted Predatory Sex Assault of a Child

Elmhurst: An 18-year-old Bellwood man has pleaded not guilty to attempted predatory sex assault of a child and other charges in connection to an August incident in an Elmhurst park. Prosecutors allege Nikolai Anderson, who also is charged with sexual exploitation of a child and indecent solicitation of a child, exposed himself to two girls, ages 12 and 14, and asked one of the girls to perform a sex act. Anderson denied the charges during a Sept. 26 hearing. He returns to court in November.

Elderly Neglect

Naperville: A McCullom Lake woman has been placed on 30 months of probation after her conviction on a charge neglecting her 82-year-old mother from Naperville in 2009. Brenda Tucker pleaded guilty in June to criminal neglect of an elderly person for failing to provide hygienic care. Other counts were dropped in a deal with prosecutors. During a recent sentencing hearing, Tucker was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, undergo a psychological evaluation, and pay $2,450 in fines and costs. Tucker was indicted in 2010 on the charges of neglect during the summer of 2009, prior to her mother's death.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing $10K from Naperville Car Dealership

Naperville: Marie Terranova, a one-time employee at a Naperville car dealership, recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from her employer. Terranova, 42, of Westchester, admitted to the theft charge and was sentenced to two years of probation, as well as counseling and to pay back $22,208 to Dan Wolf Chevrolet. The thefts occurred between 2010 and 2011, but no charges were filed until earlier this year. Terranova paid the restitution at the time of her plea on Sept. 19, records show.


Underage Drinking

Geneva: A judge this week upheld an earlier ruling to throw out statements tied to the October 2011 arrest of a Geneva man accused of allowing an underage drinking party at his home. Robert Caruso previously scored a courtroom victory when the judge agreed that Geneva police illegally entered his property while investigating a loud party complaint last year. The ruling barred prosecutors from using interviews with partygoers, as well as other evidence, of the party. Prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider, arguing multiple teens were observed in a garage and pool area, where a beer bottle was in plain view. Prosecutors said police had a right to approach the teens in the garage because of the initial loud party report. The case is scheduled for an Oct. 23 court date.

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