A woman has been charged with coercing a young girl, under the age of 13, to be sexually assaulted by a man after the two suspects drugged the victim in Woodstock, court records allege.
Jessica Speciale, 34, of Wonder Lake, was charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of exploitation.
The second suspect in the case, Jason Reinhard, 37, of Woodstock, was charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of exploitation.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) notified the Woodstock Police Department in October for a report of a sexual assault of a juvenile victim, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Ray Lanz said earlier this month.
The alleged sex crimes occurred in Woodstock from 2019 to 2021.
“From the time of the initial reporting to the Woodstock Police Department to the present, the juvenile victim had no contact with the suspect, who was identified as Jason L. Reinhard,” Lanz said.
The McHenry County Child Advocacy Center, DCFS, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and Woodstock Police Department all worked together to investigate the crimes.
A criminal complaint alleged that Speciale coerced a female child, who was under the age of 13, to participate in numerous sexual acts with Reinhard.
Speciale and Reinhard were in a relationship and lived together at the time.
The complaint said Speciale and Reinhard gave the victim a pill, which made her feel delusional, prior to the child being assaulted by Reinhard. The pill was reported to be Xanax.
Speciale and Reinhard also engaged in sexual conduct together in front of the victim, the complaint said.
Arrest warrants were issued for Speciale and Reinhard earlier this month.
Reinhard was served with the warrant while he was being held in the McHenry County Jail on charges from different cases.
Reinhard has been held in jail since November, jail records show. He was sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to burglary and possession of meth.
An active warrant remains for Speciale, who is not in the custody of the McHenry County Jail yet.