Man Charged With Sex Assault; Photos Posted On Facebook

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Ford Heights man is being held on charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl and took photos of the attack that eventually were posted on Facebook, police said.

Leroy Stephenson, 24, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and child pornography.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says Stephenson had a sexual relationship with a teen-aged girl whose mother was made aware it when a photo of her daughter was posted on the social network site Facebook, WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports. 

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Stephenson had a sexual relationship with the girl for about a year, starting when she was 15. Dart says the man forwarded to friends a photo he took of the girl engaged in a sex act with him, and it ended up on Facebook.

“It got to the point where the mother of the victim was unfortunately shown the photograph and that’s how we were brought in on this one,” the sheriff said. 

Dart says they’ll go after anyone who forwarded the photo because it is considered child pornography.

Bond was set at $75,000, according to a release from Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart.

The victim’s family asked Facebook to take down all the pictures.

  • Average Guy

    Are you kidding me? She is fifteen. At fifteen there is no way she’s in a relationship with any twenty-four year old. And, the low bond, $75,000. Mr. Stephenson may be able to find someone willing or able to help him out on bond. But, then again he lives in Ford Heights, IL. Going into that town feels like you just cross paths with Plutus, and entered into the four ring of hell.

  • P. Daly

    What is the difference between Ford Heights and Haiti? Haiti can always blame the earthquake.

  • Sick and tired of judgement without trial!

    Wow such judgement, condemn him and throw away the key before being convicted. Amazing! Don’t get me wrong if a crime was committed there should be punishment, but what happened to innocent until proven guilty. There are many amazing people that live in Ford Heights and the surrounding area, it is just sad that it seems to be the forgotten city in the state. I am sure there is more to this story to come out.

  • nasean jones

    yeah he was wrong 2 mess with a minor but the girls are r of control the mom was aware whats going on and did nothing about she needs 2 b held accountable 2

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