Gaskill to stay on electronic monitoring while living in Oak Park

Judge rejects request from lawyer to allow his client more freedom of movement

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

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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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 8:40 AM

Mares: we are on the same page here, remember , Kevin Fox confessed to the murder of his daughter. DNA and a pair of inmate sneakers proved otherwise, as well as the second confession by the real murderer. Lets hear all the case.

Mares  

Posted: September 11th, 2012 9:30 PM

@ Joe. Ask the River Forest policeman he CONFESSED to about the crimes. Wonder why the first lawyer excused herself from the case???

Joe from South Oak Park  

Posted: September 11th, 2012 8:58 PM

@justice -rush to judgement there a little? This is a man who has nothing more than an accusation against him by two troubled young women. It's bad enough that the media is able to spread this accusation about. Let the courts decide before condemning.

Justice  

Posted: September 4th, 2012 9:41 AM

The electronic monitoring system is his scarlet letter. He's lucky he can be out in the community. He should be behind bars.

Huh?  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 7:20 AM

Put down the pipe.

U_CRACK_ME_UP  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 2:20 PM

No crazy remarks now huh, no takers???? LOL it's one of your own oak parkians hahahahahaha. he doesn't need to be off the judge was right!!!!! hahaha.be lucky he's not in jail but that's a whole different argurment!!!!

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