Men Charged With Raping Girl, 11, At Sleepover Party

Updated 03/03/11 – 12:09 p.m.

LANSING, Ill. (CBS) — Two have been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl during a sleepover party in south suburban Lansing.

Steven Johnson, 19, and Daniel Rucker, 20, were both charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, a class X felony, according to a release from Lansing police.

At the Markham courthouse Thursday morning, Johnson was ordered held on $750,000 bond and Rucker on $500,000 bond, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

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Police say Johnson and Rucker were at a sleepover party this past weekend for the 12th birthday of one of the girl’s classmates. The party was held at Johnson’s family’s home, in the 17800 block of Chicago Avenue in Lansing, police said.

Other children and adult family members were also present, police said.

The party started Saturday and went on late into the evening, as the young girls played games and danced. When bedtime arrived for the children, the 11-year-old girl was sent down to the basement to get blankets, police said.

It was at that point that Johnson and Rucker attacked and raped the girl, police said.

“As a parent you would never think something like this would take place at a 12-year-old’s birthday party,” Lansing police Detective Sgt. Scott Bailey said in the release. “What happened to this young girl is horrific.”

Steven Johnson, Daniel Rucker

Steven Johnson (left) and Daniel Rucker are charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at a birthday party. (Credit: Lansing Police)

Johnson was arrested Monday night, after Lansing police executed a search warrant and combed the basement for evidence. Rucker, of Calumet City, was arrested the following evening, police said.

Counseling agencies are currently working with the victim and her family, the release said. Police are also working with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services regarding the case and are seeking cooperation from Johnson’s family..

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Mary Mitchell

    well ,

    I have to see whether they are black
    or white before me and Jesse
    Jackson get involved !

    • Charlie Sheen

      Go get-em Mary!

    • Beel

      If they are black it ain’t white folks business…white people always get burned when they have input into black peoples’ business. Us white people need to mind our own business and butt out. Here at home and in the rest of the world as well.

      • Mary Mitchell

        thank you , bee !
        I was raped and beat by my gang
        banger relatives , oh well , cops
        should not get involved !
        as long as I have a huge following
        of uneducated people . I’m ok !

    • Citizen

      HaHaHaHaHaHaHa. Thank you Mary. Keep it up.

  • kim

    Photos on other news sites with this story show that they are black. Does that somehow change the situation for this child?

    • Charlie Sheen


    • Bob

      Typical little gig criminals!!

    • Tom

      It changes nothing for the child, but strengthens the concept of racial profiling.

      • joe

        thats the thruth Im wioth u

      • Beel

        Racial profiling is a ‘concept’? I thought it was a survival mechanism.

  • Alicia K

    It dosent matter if they are black or white. That was wrong! Those two idiots should spend life in prision!

    • Vicky

      Right on; this isn’t a race issue! Hope those two get a well- hUn g cellmate…….




        im mad they were even at the sleep over… they’re too grown and the supervisors of th party should have tol them to leave… dis world is a mess…

  • Larry (lansing resident)

    I agree with Alicia K 100 percent. rape is wrong period!

  • beverly williams

    why would u make a comment about black or white a chid has been hurt u need GOD,

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    You people are clueless dolts if you can’t see that the guy posting as “Mary Mitchell” is doing some of the most clever satire ever seen on these blogs…the guy is a genius and is making a very sharp point about MM and JJ.

  • Patrick Ashe

    I hope theses two animals get what they desrve jail.

    • Mr. Justice

      Not jail time. They need to be shot, as this would save us, the tax payers over $45000 per year per pervert. Enough is enough!!!!!

  • Kendall Davis

    These basrards need to be raped for what they did. No young girl can tempt me to do something like that to her. I love my daughters and would have done whatever it took to stop that kind of thing from happening to her. But these sleep overs are dangerous today. To mmuch perversion today in our society. Lack of following the laws of God have caused all types of deviant behavoirs to flourish. This child will need a lot of love and re-assuring to get pass this drama in her young life. What a shame.

  • nmh RN

    Why was an eleven year old guest of the party sent to the basement to get blankets in the first place? Isn’t that the job of whomever is hosting the party?? Was this a set-up?!! Poor manners to begin with and horrible behavior by others. Jail and intensive counseling is required for the two charged.

    • Beel

      Counseling my ass…They need 9mm therapy.

      • Mr. Justice

        NO, not a 9mm, but a 45. I know, it will cost about 20 cents more per round, but will do a much better job. Don’t forget, this will save the tax payers over $45000 per year per rapist.

  • D.M.----Lansing,Illinois

    These guys need to be put in prison and let the BOYZ get at them…rape them and treat them the way they treated this poor 11 yo girl. And yes i do beleive in “AN EYE FOR AN EYE’.

  • Bill Koch

    White,Black,pink or green is not the issue, this little girl has had her life runed buy two idiots. I understand that in some countrys if a person steals they get their hands cut off, needless to say I feel that the punishment should fit the crime ( I leave that to your imagination), Again this is not a color issue and the comment by MM is a case where she is talking through her ass because her head knows better

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      I couldn’t agree more that the real MM specializes in talking through her ass.

  • BMPy

    Two words come to mind on the punishment if the two accused are found guilty: Death Penalty

    • survivor

      Both suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I pray for all the victims in this case. Harsh lesson for the parents and other adults. But a very traumatic ordeal for the children.

  • Anglo-Saxon

    Ain’t that the truth?

  • Angela

    What the hell is moderation? Please explain.

  • JEFF

    what do you mean by moderation , they don’t believe in that ..

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  • Schneido

    Why are these two vermin still above ground? They should of been hing as quickly as possible.

  • cynsmi

    The Chinse Mother theory would work as they protect their children by keeping them home studing.

    • JEFF

      Studing ???? wow they are liberal

  • Andy

    Damn! They are a couple of ugly mugs.

  • Zastava

    uh, yeah, I think we figured that out already, ok? arse boy.

  • lighten up it's a joke okay?

    What brings tears to a young Black man’s eyes during sex?

    • Anglo-Saxon

      No way! HaHaHa That is classic. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa Can’t stop laughing HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa Hilarious. Can’t wait to tell that one. Do you have any more?

  • Pelly K

    If rape is a crime of violence, 19 and 20 year olds ganging up on an 11 year old is cowardice.

    If rape is a crime of sex, what is so wrong with these two that they couldn’t get it consenually from someone their own age?

    Hopefully they will be jailed long enough so they can’t reproduce

    • Mr. Justice

      Not jail, a bullet in the head is better and cheaper

  • SouthSideDiva

    Lock up these two knuckleheads for life. Bubba and Tiny will take care of them in prison.

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  • Southernman

    Why were these men there? Surely this was their intent . Execution works . This is what they need ,Death .

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