A former Lake County assistant state’s attorney has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for renting a hotel room in Woodstock with an 18-year-old and providing her with liquor.
Javaron D. Buckley, 34, of the 1200 block of North Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect, was charged with providing liquor to a minor, battery making physical contact and renting a hotel room for liquor consumption by a minor.
The Woodstock Police Department responded on January 17, 2020, to a call of suspicious activity at the Best Western, 990 Lake Avenue in Woodstock.
Prosecutors said that officers determined Buckley sent an Uber to pick up an 18-year-old woman from her house and brought her to the McHenry County courthouse.
Buckley picked up the woman from the courthouse and drove her to a liquor store in the area, prosecutors said.
A criminal complaint alleges Buckley purchased a bottle of Hennessy liquor and Coca-Cola and then took the woman to the Best Western where he rented a room.
The 18-year-old told officers that Buckley touched her buttocks and would “feel me up several times” when they were in the hotel room, the complaint said.
Surveillance video an hour later showed the victim, who was barely able to walk, being led out of the hotel lobby by Buckley, prosecutors said.
Buckley previously was employed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office as an assistant state’s attorney. He currently works as an attorney at a private practice law firm in Waukegan, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Buckley, who was represented by three attorneys, entered into a blind plea deal last month with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to providing liquor to a minor and renting a hotel room for liquor consumption by a minor, both Class A misdemeanors. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed the battery charge against him.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis approved the plea deal on Wednesday and sentenced Buckley to 30 days in the McHenry County Jail.
As part of his sentence, he will be on conditional discharge for one year and be required to $939 in court fines and fees.
Buckley was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or any members of her family.