WOODSTOCK – Three people were charged Tuesday with criminal
sexual assault, and a fourth with unlawful possession of child pornography, after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Woodstock, police said.
Corion V. Simpson and James Cornelius, both 18, of Woodstock, and a 15-year-old juvenile were all charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old girl during a party inside an undisclosed Woodstock residence, Police Chief Robert Lowen said.
Another juvenile during the incident recorded the assault, which was later posted on Facebook and used to intimidate the victim, Lowen said. The second juvenile, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was charged with child pornography possession.
Woodstock police began investigating the incident in late February after the father of the 15-year-old girl became aware of the Facebook posting, Lowen said.
The girl was then taken to the Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County for interviews.
Underage drinking happened at the party, which was attended by two to three other people not involved in the assault, Lowen said.
Lowen said the four people charged were all classmates, while the 15-year-old girl was not a classmate.
Woodstock District 200 officials confirmed that Simpson and Cornelius attend Woodstock High School.
Simpson and the 15-year-old juvenile also were charged with criminal sexual abuse. Simpson also was charged with intimidation.
Simpson and Cornelius were taken into custody on Tuesday and are being held at the McHenry County Jail on $80,000 bond.
The juveniles were taken into custody on Tuesday, but have since been released to their parents.