A 48-year-old Chicago man has been arrested after police said that he sexually abused a teen girl, who is related to him, when he was watching her while her parents weren’t home.
The Woodstock Police Department was called to the 700 block of Washington Street on Sunday for a report of a disturbance. Police said that Jesse J. Carpenter, 48, of 527 West 14th Place in Chicago, allegedly sexually abused a teen girl between the age of 13 and 17.
Carpenter, who is related to the girl, was caring for her while her parents were not at home when the incident occurred, Woodstock police said.
The girl was transported to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. Detectives and members of the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) met with the teen girl and her parents at the hospital.
On Monday, a team made up of members from the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Woodstock Police Department met at the Child Advocacy Center. A forensic interview was conducted with the victim who said that Carpenter had sexually abused her.
Carpenter was initially charged with two counts of domestic battery on January 7 and transported to the McHenry County Jail. After the investigation was finished on January 9, Carpenter was also charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Carpenter remains held on a $55,000 bond, meaning he needs to post $5,500 in bail to be released. He is scheduled to appear in court next on January 17.