Gaskill indicted on sexual assault charges

New lawyer for River Forest foster dad will ask for reduced bond

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

The former operator of an in-home foster care service in River Forest was indicted on felony sexual assault charges Friday morning.

Judge Geary Kull told Rob Gaskill, 63, that a grand jury returned indictments and there was "sufficient probable cause" to continue with the two charges of predatory criminal sexual assault against a child.

Last month, two women told River Forest police that Gaskill sexually assaulted them as juveniles between 1996 and 2009. Gaskill and his wife, Mary, took in 75 children over a 20-year period through their in-home service called Tapestry.

In 2009, the family had 11 children: four biological, six adopted and one foster.

As he was brought out for an appearance at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood, Gaskill smiled at a group of about 25 family members and other supporters who were present. Some briefly stood up before a bailiff told them to remain seated.

Gaskill's new lawyer, Ellen Domph, said she will ask for a bond reduction at his next court date on March 16, when Judge Noreen Love will preside. He is currently being held in the Cook County Jail on $50 million bond, a payment Kull acknowledged "no human can make."

His previous lawyer, Kelly Seago, asked to withdraw from the case. When Kull asked Gaskill if he was aware of the change, he said, "Yes, sir."

Gaskill also said he understood that the case could proceed without him being present. Some of his supporters waved and blew kisses as Gaskill was escorted from the courtroom.

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