Cops charge four in alleged sexual assault of 12-year-old

? Bond set at $100,000 for each of three Oak Park men in custody in alleged predatory sexual assault of pre-teen; fourth suspect being sought.

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Oak Park police are investigating a series of alleged criminal sexual assaults against a 12-year-old girl the afternoon and evening of Thursday, April 21 at an apartment in 100 Forest Place and the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

Charged with one count each of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Criminal Sexual Abuse are Oak Park residents Daniel R. Sproat, 20, of 820 S. Elmwood Ave.; Michael K. Valentine, 19, of 100 Forest Place; and Robert L. Stevenson, 17, of 1130 Washington Blvd. Oak Park police are currently seeking a fourth suspect, according to Deputy Oak Park Police Chief Robert Scianna. The three men are scheduled to appear for arraignment Friday at the Maybrook Courthouse.

Citing concern for the girl's privacy, Scianna would only confirm that the girl was an Oak Park resident. At a bond hearing Monday morning the Cook County State's Attorney's office told Circuit Court Judge Paula Daleo that all three men had made statements to Oak Park police acknowledging having engaged in sex acts with the girl.

Loren B. Middleton, the private attorney representing Valentine, asked Judge Daleo to grant a low bond for his client, arguing that Valentine did not believe the alleged victim to be 12 years old and appeared to be a consensual adult.

"There was no predatory aspect here or violence associated with this," Middleton argued in seeking a $10,000 bond for his client. Daleo disagreed and set bond at $100,000.

Stevenson, the youngest of the three men, appeared worried and subdued as he stood before the judge. Stevenson allegedly gave police a statement that he had had sex with the girl in the rear parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Lake Street.

Sproat shook his head as the state's attorney outlined the charges against him to the judge, and stated that he had made statements indicating he'd engaged in sex with the girl. Sproat has a considerable history with both Oak Park and Forest Park police, dating back to at least 2003. According to the state's attorney, Sproat was convicted of resisting arrest in 2003 and sentenced to six months conditional discharge. He was charged with disorderly conduct Nov. 10 last year, after an incident in and outside of Winberie's on Oak Park Avenue in which he allegedly pounded on the restaurant's window, then cursed and threatened two different people.

On Jan. 7, Sproat was involved with several other men in a late night altercation on Madison Street in Forest Park. That incident ended up with Sproat being arrested after he ignored direct police orders to back off while police handled the disturbance. While being arrested, Sproat allegedly threatened to harm the officer. He was charged with public fighting, obstructing an officer, and underage consumption of alcohol. On April 14, Sproat was again charged by Forest Park police with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer during an incident outside the Arrow Liquor store at 35 S. Harlem Ave.

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