$300,000 BOND FOR CHILD SEX ASSAULT
Thursday, June 30, 2011
—Bond has been set at $300,000 for a north suburban man who sexually assaulted a young girl he met at her school bus stop, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday, and police believe there may be more victims.
Jorge Horijuela, 25, of the 1500 block of North Norway in Palatine, has been charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He appeared in Rolling Meadows bond court June 25th.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police began investigating Horijuela in late May after the victim’s mother complained about harassing phone calls. When a patrol officer arrived at the 12-year-old victim’s home, he noticed what appeared to be bruising on her neck, which she told him were actually “hickeys” given by Horijuela. Police located Horijuela and placed him under arrest on May 29th, at that time charging him with battery and harassment by telephone. The investigation continued.
Shortly after Horijuela’s arrest, the victim admitted to her school social worker that Horijuela had been sexually assaulting her. The two initially met because the victim’s school bus dropped her off in front of Horijuela’s building. Horijuela befriended the victim and obtained her phone number. On a regular basis, he would contact her late at night, gaining her confidence through casual conversations. Horijuela eventually convinced the victim to regularly meet him in a stairwell of his apartment building after her parents were asleep. Between April and late May, the two met at this location, and Horijuela became increasingly intimate with the victim and began sexually assaulting her. Horijuela was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child on June 24th.
Horijuela’s next court date is July 13th in Rolling Meadows. Horijuela has a number of aliases, including Jose Rodriguez, Jorge Origuela and Roberto Rodriguez, and police are continuing to investigate whether he has had sexual contact with other children. Anyone with information in this regard is asked to contact detectives at: 708-865-4896.