By Devin Rose
A River Forest man facing sexual assault charges will not be let off of electronic monitoring, a judge told the man's lawyer on Aug. 29.
During a status hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse, attorney Ellen Domph told Judge Noreen Love that her client, Robert Gaskill, 64, has strong family ties in the area and is not a flight risk.
Gaskill, she added, is not a danger to the community. Domph requested that the judge give him a chance to be off electronic monitoring but Love denied the request.
Gaskill has been on monitoring since March, when he pleaded not guilty to charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Two women told River Forest police in January that Gaskill sexually assaulted them when one was between 12 and 17 years old and the other between the ages of 6 and 9.
Gaskill and his wife, Mary, had operated a foster care service out of their Ashland Avenue home since 1992.
Domph called it "a waste of time" for a judge to have to approve every request for her client to be able to go somewhere, like to a dentist office. She said her client is currently living in an apartment with his brother-in-law in Oak Park.
Judge Love said there is "no doubt" the system is difficult, but that she didn't mind the requests. The judge also said she would not take Gaskill off of electronic monitoring.
Wearing a navy blue suit and standing next to his attorney at the Aug. 29 hearing, Gaskill did not speak during proceedings. A group of his relatives and supporters, who have been present at his previous hearings, sat in the back row of the courtroom.
Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Papa told Love that the discovery process of the case was finished. The judge scheduled a follow-up status hearing for Oct. 2.
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