Gaskill can attend daughter's graduation, judge says

Judge Noreen Love said she would modify the conditions for a River Forest man facing sexual assault charges

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A judge agreed on Thursday to modify the monitoring conditions for a River Forest foster dad accused of sexual assault so he could let visitors into his apartment, do laundry and attend his daughter's college graduation in June.

Judge Noreen Love told attorney Ellen Domph that she would "absolutely" draft a court order so that Domph's client, Robert Gaskill, could attend his daughter's June 9 graduation from DePaul University. Love said the order would be specific on the location and time of the event.

During the status hearing at Maybrook courthouse, Gaskill, 64, stood in front of Love in an orange button-down shirt, dark jacket and khaki pants. He's been out of jail on electronic monitoring for about 40 days, Domph told Love.

"I do not think he's a danger or a flight risk," she said.

Gaskill pleaded not guilty last month to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The charges came after two women, now 19 and 21, told River Forest police in January that Gaskill sexually assaulted them when one was between 12 and 17 years old and the other was between 6 and 9.

Gaskill and his wife, Mary, had operated a foster care service out of theirAshland Avenuehome since 1992.

Domph also asked Love to modify Gaskill's monitoring conditions so he would be able to go to the second-floor laundry room and buzz people into the apartment where he is now living. Love said she would draft a court order.

Another status hearing on the case will be held at 9:30 a.m. on June 19.

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