Palatine teen charged with sexual assault

 
 

Authorities charged a 16-year-old as an adult following a sexual assault they say he committed Monday at Little City, a Palatine residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Eddie Blue, a ward of the state who prosecutors say has mild mental disabilities and suffers from bi-polar disorder along with several other syndromes, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, a felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon set a $100,000 bail Wednesday for Blue, who prosecutors say has no criminal background.

The assault took place about 4:30 p.m. Monday at Little City, where the defendant resides and where the complaining witness -- an adult woman -- works, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Maureen McGee.

McGee says Blue is accused of pushing the woman into a bathroom with such force that he broke the toilet. He is accused of choking the woman and demanding she remove her clothes, and threatening her and her family if she refused.

The woman was able to escape and immediately told a co-worker and called the police, McGee said.

Blue's defense attorney said he told her he takes medication for behavioral modification but that he could not recall the name. He next appears in court on Oct. 5.